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At Shenley Primary School, we recognise the value that a high quality Music curriculum can offer our pupils. All pupils are entitled to experience the vast array of positive benefits music can offer them to develop their confidence, listening, social and team skills. They are able to collaborate in making their own music, are given opportunities to learn a musical instrument, learn to sing and have the chance to take part in musical performances.

Our Music curriculum aims to develop all pupils’ musical skills, knowledge, understanding and talents through a rich and diverse range of musical opportunities across our creative curriculum. We intend for children to gain a firm understanding of what music is by listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions, and musical genres. Music lessons are a way for children to express themselves and some children enjoy this experimenting with, and using, different instruments. At Shenley Primary School, each Key Stage has access to its own percussion set, with an instrument for each child to play, as well as keyboards, guitars and many others.

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. Some of this musical learning happens in the classroom in the form of discrete Music lessons, and at other times in the school structure, for example singing assemblies, nativity plays, celebrations, choirs, music lessons and within extra-curricular clubs.

Music lessons are taught through our creative curriculum with areas of study taught in blocks. This allows the children to feel energised and excited towards the subject, as they build on their musical learning daily, developing a deeper understanding throughout the week. Music skills are also taught and practised across the curriculum; for example through learning songs to help Maths concepts, phonics, clapping beats for syllables in words, and creating songs and raps for different topics e.g. Roman Numerals.

As a non-denominational school, we use Music to explore and express our community by coming together to sing in weekly assemblies. We link our songs to topics we are learning and often choose those that build our resilience and character. Throughout the year, children are given opportunities to experience the work of professional performers and are invited to take part in ‘concerts’ which include many other school, for example the Voice in a Million Concert each year at Wembley Arena, and the Young Voices Concert at the O2.


National Curriculum Aims for Music

The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

· perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

· learn to sing and to 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

· understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.