Music Curriculum Intent

At Hale, we place the children at the heart of our engaging, inclusive thematic curriculum and we believe that every child will achieve their full potential. We enable our children to become happy, resilient, well-rounded individuals by instilling a strong set of values that develop high levels of both social and emotional intelligence. We actively promote an environment where every child is valued, is shown respect and inspired to become the very best they can be. We aim to take every child in our care on a most wonderful educational journey which will nurture their talents and provide the skills and experiences to last a lifetime.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (The National Curriculum)

Music Curriculum Implementation

Music teaching at Hale aims to deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum. The aims of our Music curriculum are:

  • To build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being.
  • To promote a love of music and singing across a broadened curriculum.

This will enable us to develop pupils who:

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers.
  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
  • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned.
  • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
  • Use a range of musical language.
  • Use technology if appropriate.
  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.

Teachers will plan lessons using our school knowledge and skills document and use Charanga scheme of work. Music lessons are taught weekly with an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology. This allows for progression of knowledge and skills and adds breadth and variety to lessons.

Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  • Playing instruments
  • Improvisation / Composition
  • Perform and Share

Music teaching is practical and engaging. Lessons typically involve a combination of the following; find the pulse, learning songs, listening to music and discussing music, playing a range of musical instruments, performing back and composing music.

Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Hale Academy. There are opportunities to join an after school singing club where children can expand their life experiences by performing at larger venues, such as the O2. Parents can purchase lessons for their children to learn instruments, drums, guitar, and sing with RockSteady. All pupils participate in singing assemblies and pupils from Reception to Year 6 perform in school productions. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances.

Subject Progression Map

Subject progression maps can be found here

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