How do we inspire our children?
At Ivington C.E. Primary School, it is our intent to develop through music, in all children: enthusiasm, confidence, joy, creativity and collaboration.
In Music, our intent is for students to develop their interest in music and develop their understanding of the musical world in which they live. There is a need for our children to understand what the rest of the world gives us through music. Our school population does not reflect a wide range of ethnic or cultural backgrounds so it is important for our children to understand and celebrate the huge culturally diverse influences in music as well as recognise the successes of our own local and national influences in music across the world. It is our intent that the children experience growth in awareness and empathy and an appreciation of difference, diversity and individual opinion, through varied stimuli in their music lessons. This in turn develops personal responsibility within school and the wider community, especially when teamed with British Values.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is our intention to “engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement” – Department of Education, National Curriculum.
As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination, allowing them to evaluate their own musicianship as well as developing them as critical consumers of music outside of school. Through our cross-curricular topics, children make links for themselves (between genres, styles, composers), use music for self-expression and creativity.
Our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school, providing them with an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences that allows creativity and confidence to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. 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, both inside and outside the classroom and across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. In lower KS2, children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument via the Herefordshire Music Department (Encore).
At Ivington, we have an excellent relationship with our local church, which enables us to visit regularly and be involved in performances to the community.
At Ivington, we believe music is for everyone with many benefits; social, cultural, spiritual and for well-being. Music has the ability to develop skills for life. It uses part of the brain which enables students to become better learners.
Music helps children to listen and focus, to persevere and develop self-control. It can connect us to other people and calm us down.
How do we organise our teaching and learning?
Our planning is informed by substantive and disciplinary knowledge which build upon what children already know and towards what they will be learning in the future. For this we use MUSIC EXPRESS and the CHARANGA Schemes of Work.
Singing is at the heart of all the musical learning
Playing instruments with the song to be learnt - tuned/un-tuned classroom percussion and an option to play any band instrument. A sound-before-symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children
Improvising with the song using voices and instruments occurs in some Units of Work
Composing with the song using instruments occurs in some Units of Work
How does the children's learning help them flourish?
As our pupils progress our aim is to enable them:
to make links for themselves,
express opinions and preferences
articulate their thinking using subject-specific vocabulary.
Have a secure understanding of music and its influence on different aspects of the community, spiritually, socially and culturally.
MOST OF ALL, WE WANT THEM TO ENJOY LISTENING TO AND MAKING MUSIC!