Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that is a powerful and unique form of communication. Music can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. At Thakeham, we believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music and an understanding of the key elements, allowing them to sing, listen, compose and perform fulfilling their own musical potential.
The teaching of music at Thakeham Primary School will enable children to learning through a memorable, dynamic and cross-curricular approach. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. A wide range of music styles and genres, spanning different time periods and cultures, are taught. Children will develop a progression of skills and understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music throughout their time in our school. Learning opportunities for each year group are carefully planned to build on previously developed skills and knowledge across each academic year as well as throughout their primary education.
In the Foundation Stage, music comes under the learning area of Expressive Arts and Design. Our curriculum is designed to stimulate young children’s creativity and will enabled them to build a preliminary understanding of music through sound-making, singing and recognising simple rhythms through clapping and moving.
During Key Stage 1, pupils will begin to develop their use of voice and instruments expressively and musically in order to experiment with creating and combining sounds using the dimensions of music (e.g. pitch, dynamics). Children will also have the opportunities to listen to music with concentration to develop an understanding and appreciation for this highly diverse and creative art form. Children will learn to perform using the boomwhackers and a wide range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
During Key Stage 2, pupils will continue to develop their performance skills using voice and musical instruments with increasing accuracy and control. Children will listen attentively to a wide range of musical genres in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of the history of music. Using these skills, children will begin to improvise and compose their own music. In Year 3/4, West Sussex Music Service teach whole class lessons on the djembe drums, ukuleles and recorders. These take place 30 weeks of the school year. In Y5/6 the children learn to read traditional notation and performance on the glockenspiels and recorders. These lessons are taught by the Music Coordinator. The Y5/6 Summer Production show cases the children’s singing development at the end of the school year.
All children take part in musical performances across the school year. These include the Harvest Service, Christmas Carol Services and Nativities, the Easter Service and culminates in the May Music Festival. Our school choir performs at local events such as the Thakeham Village Day and One Voice at Chichester Cathedral. At Christmas we sing carols at the Sussexdown Care Home. As part of the STARS locality group, we have attended local workshops and rehearsals with the Sullington Singers.
Our peripatetic teachers, both from Sussex Academy of Music and West Sussex Music Service, offer lessons in guitar, drums, keyboard and singing. They either come into school, or teach virtually since Covid19. These teachers are giving opportunities to the children to learn and develop their skills from an experienced specialist teacher.
Our music Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and teaching of vocabulary also forms part of the units of work. If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Music will be embedded into our daily lives and support children through the development of their musical knowledge and skills, confidence and their also their well-being. Music lessons are enjoyed by teachers and pupils across school.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor.
- Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
- Photo and video evidence of the pupils’ practical learning.
- Foundation Assessments at the end of a unit of work.
By the time the children will Thakeham Primary School they will have developed:
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how the historical, social and cultural origins of music contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
- 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.