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Music

Intent - What are we trying to achieve?

Our Music curriculum will help our pupils to develop musical skills and concepts through listening, appraising, improvisation, singing, playing instruments, performing and composing. We aim for every child to develop a love of music from expose and engagement with performing, listening to, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will have gained increasing confidence and control in singing, playing music, have a good understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music and understand musical notation.

Our aim is for children to build their talent as musicians and use it to express themselves. With engagement in a variety of musical experiences children are inspired and encouraged to develop as musicians.

Implementation – How is the curriculum being delivered?

We use the Kapow curriculum to meet the national curriculum programme of study for Music.

The Kapow scheme is structured by integrating the interrelated dimensions of music into the different elements of Music learning - performing, listening, composing and the history of music. The interrelated dimensions of music are: pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, structure, texture, duration and musical notation. 

Planning and teaching is supported by the Kapow resources but adapted as necessary by teachers at Norwood Primary School.

The curriculum is taught in an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Outside of the music curriculum, further experiences are sought to provide equal opportunities for all pupils and to celebrate music.

In Year 3 all children will receive whole class instrumental teaching of an instrument.

Impact - What difference is the curriculum making?

Our Music curriculum teaches essential skills to be a musician in the modern world. It will help them to become aware of different genres of music, explore how sounds are made, develop imagination and creativity, build sense of pulse and rhythm, understand a range of musical vocabulary, enjoy songs and develop positive attitudes towards music.

Music will promote the pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by enabling children to express their emotions and feelings through responding to and playing music. They will see that music is all around us, it shapes the world around us, reflects cultures around the world and it also helps us to communicate.

Music will promote British Values by ensuring children respect everyone’s abilities and performances and respect each other by giving constructive criticism or by listening and responding to music.

Music will help pupils develop a Growth Mindset through experiencing you improve in music through rehearsal and practise.