Music Curriculum Statement
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. (National Curriculum 2014)
Music provision at Abbey Village Primary School is a cornerstone to shaping our pupils into being well-rounded, knowledgeable individuals. We want our children to be engaged and inspired to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. With progression, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to perform, compose, and to listen with discrimination to a wide repertoire of music.
Our curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils can:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We have eight key priorities at Abbey Village that underpin every subject area. We believe that by focusing on these key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Through music, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music are prominent activities for all learners.
Here at Abbey Village Primary School, we ensure that sufficient time is given to music in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. Music planning is personalised to the needs of our children in each class. Music is skills based and needs to be practised little and often. It needs to challenge and build on previous learning. To support this, we use the Charanga Music Curriculum to help ensure that all elements are taught in an integrated way and skills are practised regularly in order to develop their composition and performance, and to promote their understanding of how music works. To further enhance musicianship and creativity, children take part in weekly singing assemblies, school choir club and concert experiences. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music in making a contribution to any one of our internal school performances and attendance at our wider community performances. Through these activities they develop their vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions.
We truly recognise the value of music in both curricular and extra-curricular teaching and learning. Music provides children with an outlet to express themselves creatively, appreciate different styles of music, learn a new instrument or experiment with their voices.
At Abbey Village we offer:
- Weekly class music sessions
- A weekly ukulele lesson (juniors)
- Weekly whole school singing performance
- A well established and successful choir
- Piano tuition
- Guitar tuition
- Ukulele Tuition
At Abbey Village Primary School, we want our music provision to impact our children in the ways listed below. We want our children to become musical, creative pupils. In order to achieve this, our children will show:
- A widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
- Awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical style.
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
We monitor the impact of our music provision through whole school pupil perceptions, termly assessments, lesson observations and monitoring of lesson outcomes.
What our pupils think of music at Abbey Village!
Our pupils are provided with rich experiences within Performing Arts across the year including our annual Spring Music Festival, our Christmas and Summer performances; captivating parents and bringing together the local community and enriching our pupils’ experiences of cultural capital.
The personal progression of our pupils is at the forefront of our Creative Arts curriculum, along with the discovery and celebration of talent.
“I want to do it again; it was scary but exciting!!”
“My favourite part was performing with my friends!”
“It felt really special to be part of the Spring Music Festival."
Not only are our pupils enriched by our music curriculum, so are our parents!
"This is why we chose Abbey Village. We want our children to take part and enjoy creative opportunities. This is what they will remember in years to come.”