Shining Together, we Reach for the Stars
The National Curriculum recognises that:
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
At Bromesberrow we use Kapow, a fantastic online musical school teaching sequence of learning, which offers a range of creative resources, alongside teaching specific tuned instrumental units. We enrich this further by using Gloucestershire Music School peripatetic teachers to give our children experiences with different instruments to practise the skills they have learned in the curriculum https://www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk/. We also offer additional lessons through school, supporting our most vulnerable families to ensure that this is an offer open to all.
In addition to this, we have our School Choir, who perform at events and church services and different musical clubs e.g. recorder and ukulele. Our choir have the opportunity to attend Young Voices, which provides wonderful enrichment and a chance to be a part of a larger musical performance. Please read our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact as part of our Music Curriculum document below, which lays out what we teach, why we teach it and when.
As a part of our whole school cohesion in the curriculum, we adopt an enquiry focus each term, e.g. being historians, geographers, artists, musicians, linguists... We believe that this creates better connectivity between the subjects, making learning more relevant to the children so that they are inspired to 'reach for the stars' as a school team and personally.