At Parklee Primary School, we want to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them in their future lives. We want to ensure that music is an inspiring and engaging experience that enables every child to develop their musical potential and develops an appreciation of the value of music that is deeply personal to them. We want children to have a curiosity for the subject and a respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life.
At Parklee, we endeavour to provide a variety of musical experiences through a curriculum which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being through building up the confidence of all children. Music can impact the way that children feel, think and act; we want music to encourage the body and mind to work together, develop motor skills and allow self-expression.
As a result of our Music Curriculum we want our children to:
- Explore the musical heritage, tradition and culture of Wigan and Greater Manchester.
- Develop a love and appreciation of music.
- Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
- Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and historical periods.
- Create and compose music both individually and collaboratively.
- Develop an ability to understand rhythm, structure and organisation.
- Be given opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both tuned and un-tuned.
- Read and write musical notation.
- Have knowledge of and use a range of musical vocabulary to discuss music and develop descriptive language skills.
- Sing in tune using voices to create different effects.
- Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
- Display a deep understanding of our school values by listening to, interpreting and expressing themselves through music.
We want our children to show their understanding of Positivity, Aspiration, Resilience, Kindness, Loyalty, Empathy and Excellence values through music and to use music as a tool to become courageous advocates, highlighting issues that are important to them. Music plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We want to ensure children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and encourage them to use their musical skills, knowledge and experience to involve themselves and others in music
Each year group follows a sequence of learning: listen and appraise, interrelated dimensions of music, singing, playing Instruments, improvisation, composition, perform and share. This approach ensures the children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.
There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge to accompany each unit that sets out exactly how the children progress throughout the year and year on year.
Learning for each topic includes - vocabulary, genre, style, instrumental parts for improvisation and composition, listening and appraising, musical dimensions.
In addition to the scheme, children are given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments including Glockenspiels, Percussion and Recorders.
Our Music curriculum reflects the intent of our whole school curriculum and all children are given the opportunity to use their musical knowledge and skills as a medium to express themselves during their advocacy projects in the final term.
As a result of the music curriculum, children at Parklee Primary develop a love of music and increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and others’ lives.
Children demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills which they continuously build on and embed.
Children develop an understanding of culture and history in relation to themselves individually, their local music heritage and music from ethnicities from around the world.
We monitor the impact of our curriculum through deep dives, pupil voice exercises, work scrutiny and teaching and learning observations.
Music is assessed using INSIGHT Assessment Tracker and this data is used to make judgements on children’s progress and achievement.