Music makes a kind of liquid link between the study of languages, literature and the other arts, history, and the sciences – joining them together in the outer world of feelings and relationships and the inner world of imagination.
Dr Robin Holloway, Composer.
Here at Amesbury Primary School we recognise that music pervades every aspect of life. It can soothe, excite, stimulate or calm. It can satisfy creativity through composition and performance. It can enrich the understanding of other nations through the study of cultural variety of music styles and instruments.
We believe that all pupils should have access to music appropriate for their age and stage of development. Learning objectives will follow National Curriculum guidelines, broken down into Key Skills. The Music Scheme of work is to be integrated as far as possible into class topics.
Curriculum and school organisation
As outlined in the National Curriculum, the Programmes of Study for music contains two sets of requirements:
Knowledge, Skills and Understanding identifies the aspects of music in which pupils make progress:
- Controlling sounds through singing and playing-performing skills
- Creating and developing musical ideas – composing skills.
- Responding and reviewing – appraising skills.
- Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding.
These are broken down into Key Skills under the headings of Performing, Composing and Appraising and show progression through National Curriculum levels. Teachers should use these when planning to ensure all aspects of the music curriculum are covered.
Breadth of study – details how the above aspects of music are developed in teaching the content through:
- A range of musical activities that integrates performing, composing and appraising.
- Responding to a range of musical and non-musical starting points.
- Working on their own, in groups of different sizes and as a class.
- Using ICT to manipulate and refine sounds.
- A range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures.
Class teachers are responsible for planning and delivering the music curriculum with guidance from the Music Subject Leader as required. Shared planning within the Key Stages as part of topic work is encouraged, and is part of the school’s wider “Creative Curriculum”.
Activities may be grouped according to ability, friendship, small groups, year groups or whole class. They may be teacher led or open-ended and differentiated by task/outcome.
Music and our local area
Where possible, Amesbury Primary School includes local culture, skills and traditions as part of its wider curriculum provision.
In music, we meet this obligation by:
- Liaison with local high schools.
- Welcoming local musicians and bands to our schools.
- “Arts Week” or ‘Mardi Gras’
- Local songs and musical traditions
- Taking part and/or visiting appropriate shows
As part of our wider curriculum provision, the school has decided to consider what opportunities exist outside of the National Curriculum in each of its subject areas.
In music, we ensure that:
- All children experience live music played at least once every year.
- Some children will have the opportunity to be part of a large musical event such as the Primary Choir event which brings together 1,500 children to sing and perform.
- Our local Secondary School offer the opportunity for children to join a Rock Band & perform life.
- During their time at Amesbury Primary School, all children will experience live music from different cultures.
Learning to play a musical instrument.
All children will have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder. This starts in year 3 with the children being given the opportunity to move onto the clarinet in Year 4. Overall the children will have had at least 3 terms of recorder lessons during their time at Amesbury School.
Extra Curricular Activities.
At present Choir is open to all KS2 children and held weekly. A small group participate in Clarinet tuition. Other clubs including guitars may be run on a short term basis each school year.
A specialist teacher visits the school to deliver instrumental lessons – currently clarinet although guitar and recorder lessons are delivered within school.
Children who play instruments at school or take part in extra-curricular activities are given the chance to perform for others in class, assemblies and the school events such as Church Services.
We welcome local musicians into school to perform for the children when possible to provide opportunities to hear different styles of music.
Our Choir visits the Amesbury Abbey and various other Nursing Homes and Events annually to sing for residents. We take part in the nationally organised 1,500 strong Primary School Choir event in Basingstoke annually.
It is the responsibility of all teachers to ensure that all pupils, irrespective of gender, ability, race and social circumstance, have access to the music curriculum and make the greatest progress possible.
Special Educational Needs / Inclusion
The school will work to ensure that all pupils including those with special educational needs are provided with an appropriate music curriculum. In order to achieve this, teachers will work to:
- Set suitable learning challenges.
- Respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs.
- Overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.
Able, Gifted and Talented children will be identified and noted on the school AGT register. Appropriate opportunities should be provided for them to share and develop their talents.