Music stimulates complex thinking which requires high levels of precision. It demands commitment and imaginative decision making. Music is a powerful medium for communication between people of different ages, cultures and social backgrounds.
Here at Lime Academy Watergall, we believe that musical activity allows children to explore feelings and provides children with opportunities to express themselves in ways that support or go beyond verbal communication. Being exposed to regular music making activities and being encouraged to respond to music can develop children’s aural awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem and creativity. The music policy for Lime Academy Watergall seeks to fulfil the statutory requirements as outlined in the New National Curriculum in an enjoyable and practical way.
To develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing, listening and appraising.
- To develop pupils’ understanding of how music can take a variety of forms and that music can reflect other times and places.
- To develop pupils’ independence, self-esteem, motivation and empathy with others and the ability to work with them.
Planning for music
Each year group individually plans for their class / year group and differentiates accordingly. The school use the online programme Charanga to help support teachers in increasing their confidence in teaching music whilst perhaps not playing a music themselves.
We provide an integrated approach to teaching the two attainment targets. Emphasis is placed on practical involvement by all pupils in composing, performing, listening and appraising through whole class, small group, paired and individual activity. Teaching styles are selected to suit the chosen activity and the learning need of the pupil. According to the task set, teachers:
- Encourage, inspire, direct, let go.
- Observe, help, counsel, advise, instruct.
- Prepare, lead, appraise.
- Participate in and share musical experiences.
- Manage individual, paired, small groups and whole class activity.
- Control and enhance learning environments.
- Make the best use of all available resources.
- Develop strengths and nurture gifts.
- The learning process for children will be active and co-operative, involving them in:
- Decision making.
- Problem solving.
- Refining and rehearsing.
- Responding with feeling.
- Making music with commitment, sensitivity and accuracy.
- Directing and following musical direction.
Opportunities for music
In the Foundation stage, children have the opportunity to explore a variety of tuned and un-tuned instruments through play, sing along to nursery rhymes and clap to rhythms. This gives the children the opportunity to explore music in a fun and active way.
In KS1, children have regular music lessons and have the opportunity to explore music through play. In Year One, children explore tuned and un-tuned instruments and explore different ways of writing notation, as well as pitch and dynamics. In Year Two, the children follow the Charanga Schemes of Work during their weekly music sessions developing their music skills and understanding.
In KS2 every child will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Peripatetic teachers come in to school to support teachers. This has included class ukulele lessons. In addition to this private music tuition is offered within the school day.
We are developing a school Choir who meet weekly and enjoy singing together. This is having a positive impact on musical ability, improving self esteem and growing confidence.