Our Music Curriculum
At St George’s we believe that accessible and inclusive music experiences are necessary to develop musicianship skills and support the skills of the wider curriculum and the ethos of the school. We believe that it is our duty to give all children opportunities to listen to music from a variety of time periods, countries, cultures and styles and develop a love and enjoyment of music. We also encourage children to appraise music, including performances by peers, through meaningful discussions about what they can hear using correct terminology. Singing is an integral part of our school’s community and takes place in collective worship at school and in St Thomas’ Church. We aim to develop children’s confidence and enjoyment by providing them with opportunities to play tuned and un-tuned instruments independently or in an ensemble; to a backing track or in response to a piece of music.
Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a variety of musical examples. Children are exposed to a variety of musical styles during assemblies. Teachers ask questions about what the children have heard and give background information to the musical style of the week. Children develop their musicianship skills through the Charanga music scheme to ensure skills progression. During music lessons teachers identify children with vocal or instrumental skills and encourages them to join other musical activities in and outside of school.
In EYFS children learn songs developing their sense of pitch and pulse. They then used the music as a stimulus to explore sounds, rhythm, pitch, pulse, duration, texture and timbre. To enhance their song repertoire teachers use the Charanga music scheme following their progression.
Children enjoy music and are enthusiastic in developing their musicianship skills. They confidently share their ideas and performances during termly music assemblies. During lessons they appraise their own and others work using musical terminology. They are able to use transferable skills and are well prepared for the next stage of their journey. All children improve their musicianship skills and achieve at least age expected standards.
Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Children complete a music passport at the end of each term highlighting the skills they have learnt and improved.