Monkleigh Primary School Music Intent, Implementation and Impact.
At Monkleigh Primary School our music curriculum will engage and motivate children to see the world through the eyes of young Musicians. We use Charanga to support the teaching of music from the Foundation Stage Unit to year 6. Charanga offers an integrated, practical, exploratory and child led approach to music learning. The interrelated dimensions of music (Listen and respond, Explore and create, Singing and performing) weave through the units covered, encouraging the development of musical skills as the learning progresses. Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. At Monkleigh Primary School we believe learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. Children are guided you through each strand of musical learning from Reception to Upper Key Stage 2 in order for them have the opportunity to embed deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills. We strive to promote the learning of a variety of instruments by hiring them from Devon Music each term and featuring them in whole class music lessons led by our music specialist. We encourage a love of singing and promote singing in lessons and through choir and being part of performances facilitated by Teachers Rock choir to which two members of staff belong.
Each Unit of Work is taught weekly or in a block, which comprises of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities
- Warm-up Games
- Optional Flexible Games
- Playing instruments including learning music notation on the treble clef.
Children are taught in mixed age year groups- Foundation stage, key stage 1 , lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2- using the Charanga Music scheme.
Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. The Activity Manual guides teachers through each strand of musical learning from Reception to Upper Key Stage 2 in order for us to plan for our teaching and to see the opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills.
Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new. In addition to this, children at Monkleigh school have opportunities to perform music, sing and link this with drama through performances at Christmas, performance club, choir, our Summer talent show and performance opportunities in assembly and occasional church services such as Mothering Sunday, Christmas and Easter.
Each class has a peripatetic music teacher at least once throughout the year to teach a tuned instrument to the whole class.
- A class set or half a class set of glockenspiels – and any untuned percussion in the school collection of musical instruments.
- iPad app - glockenspiel or un-tuned percussion app can be used
- If children play band/orchestral instruments, encourage them to use those instruments in the music lesson
- Whole Class sets of instruments hired through Devon Music education Hub
- A combination of the above
The impact of our curriculum is that children at Monkleigh Primary School have opportunities to experience and explore a variety of musical styles, musical instruments and performance opportunities. Children build upon their musical experience as they progress through school and have confidence to perform using their voices and instruments.
The work given to pupils, over time and across the school, consistently matches the aims of the curriculum. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning.
Pupils are making progress in that they know more, remember more, understand more and do more. They are learning what is intended in the curriculum.
All learning builds towards end points, these end points will be in children’s books at the end of each unit of work and demonstrate the learning and impact of the unit of work.