Curriculum Overview and Policy
Download: Music Policy 2018 [PDF]
School vision for the teaching of Music
At St Oswald’s RC Primary school we believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils increasing their self- confidence, creativity, imagination and a sense of personal achievement. More importantly in these difficult times it is a known fact that music is a powerful tool in improving our mood and health and reducing stress and anxiety.
As a result of lockdown due to Covid-19 we have reviewed our curriculum overview of Music. Music is a skills based subject and due to the scheme we follow in school, children will be able to continue with the scheme as it is, without the need for ‘catching up’ as with most other subjects. This is because with each new topic covered the same skills are revisited but in a different context. These skills and knowledge is then deepened over time.
We are fortunate to have two specialist music teachers who will work with our pupils over this academic year which will further enrich our children’s learning.
That children will develop an ability to listen to, and appreciate a wide variety of music, including different styles, periods and cultures.
That children will have opportunities to explore and express ideas and feelings about music, in a variety of ways and across the curriculum, for example through dance, literacy, maths and foundation subjects.
That children will explore the interrelated dimension of music, for example: pitch, tempo and dynamics.
That we will encourage active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voices and instruments – both tuned and un-tuned.
That we will develop a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others, to an audience, as an individual, class, year group, whole school and extra-curricular events with choir and vocal group.
That we will help the children develop self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
That we will develop children’s awareness and understanding of music from a wide variety of styles, periods and cultures
That we will enable all children to have access to music and to develop an enjoyment of music which will always be part of their lives
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important role in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to learn more about the world we live in. Music plays an important role in helping children to feel like part of a community and as part of collective worship here at St Oswald’s, used in class worship, assemblies and mass in church. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform, and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
The aims of music are to:
- Perform, listen to, appraise, review and evaluate music across a range of different periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
- Learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn how to play the ukulele through wider opps lessons provided by Liverpool Music services, use technology appropriately and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, exploring the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- Develop children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people, including using harmonies in KS2, as well as learning about the structure and organisation of songs.