At Amesbury Primary School, children gain a deep understanding of music through: listening, evaluating, singing, playing instruments and composing. Children experience music from a range of genres, cultures and periods of time, giving them a firm understanding of the importance and value of music in their own lives and the lives of others. All children have access to music regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language. We aim to provide all children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
Alongside everything we do, we continually embed our values of: kindness, dignity and endurance into the teaching of music.
The music curriculum gives children the opportunity to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as during various performances and the learning of instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, children learn how to play the: recorder, glockenspiel, keyboard and a range of other instruments. By playing a range of instruments, children can compare instruments and find a passion for creating music. Children will learn how to read and record music, including musical notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops children's understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Throughout the children’s journey at Amesbury, their musical skills are built on every year, from singing nursery rhymes and action songs from memory as well as playing on some percussion instruments, progressing their skills and understanding in KS1, to further developing their skills and knowledge of the subject and confidently access music through the reading of musical notation. Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the learning of musical skills and completion of objectives.