The aim of our Music Curriculum is to:
- Offer opportunities for children to listen to, compose, perform, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- Teach children to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- Enable children to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated including through the inter-related dimensions (musical elements): pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical relations.
Subject Leader - Mr J. Coring
Teaching and Learning in Music:
As part of our topic-based curriculum, Music is incorporated into themes and topics, taught in music lessons, cross curricular links, assemblies, extra-curricular activities and special events.
The scheme of work ensures progression across the key stage by increasing the breadth and range of musical experiences, challenge and difficulty in musical activities and confidence, as well as the sensitivity and creativity in our pupils’ music making. These lesson plans draw on resources from Music Express, Singing Express, Listening to Music, Music Works, BBC Primary Music programmes, A+C Blacks Song sheets and, most recently, Charanga.
Pupils are taught:
- To sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. Through singing our pupils are taught the structure and organisation of music.
- How to develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- To become increasingly aware of how music is produced, through the use of instruments and musical processes including relevant symbols and forms of notation.
- How to listen and appreciate different forms of music from a range of historical periods and cultures and find out how instruments have evolved. They are encouraged to apply their knowledge, making connections between past and present.
- Pupils evaluate their own performances, offer feedback to each other and receive feedback from their teacher based on the Success Checkers. Learning is benchmarked by the Focus Assessment Criteria to ensure standards and progress.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Learning about music from a range of cultures and periods of history including World War 2, the Tudors, Egypt, India, the Maya, Scandinavia and the growth of rap music in America.
- Studying the work of contemporary artists including Pharrell Williams and Bon Jovi.
- Understand the importance of collaboration when creating and performing music
- Developing respect and tolerance for a range of views and approaches as well as how to express an opinion fairly and with kindness while carrying out self and peer evaluation.
- Contributing to special assemblies and celebrations both religious (e.g. Easter cantata) and non-religious (e.g. Remembrance Day).
- Aiding focus and meditative activities in class.
At the end of the Key Stage, a Reigate Priory Music Learner can:
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of quality music drawn from different eras and cultures.
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes, with an understanding of musical elements and notation.
- Play and perform, using instruments including their voice, with increased confidence, control and expression.