At Victoria Primary Academy, we offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum which ignites and sustains curiosity, creativity and a love of learning to last a lifetime. We believe that music is everywhere and is an integral part of society. Through music, we encourage self-expression and the opportunity for children to connect with others in their classes, year groups, the wider school community and nationally. We enable children to explore multi-culturalism through music around the world and through the ages to enable them to interact and form positive relationships, developing as interesting citizens.
They learn to compose, sing, play instruments, use technology and identify features of music. Focus is also on children’s use and understanding of musical vocabulary and notation which is necessary for children to truly understand the techniques underpinning music.
The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
Through a spiralised curriculum, children learn about the same musical concept through different musical activities which enables more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.
At Victoria Primary Academy, the curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Have an understanding of technical, musical vocabulary which describes how music is created;
- 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;
- Create and compose music on their own and with others, including learning a musical instrument.
- Planning takes into account the scheme for each year group as set out by Charanga.
- Children master and deepen their understanding of musical concepts through a repetition based approach to learning.
- One music unit is delivered per half term, totalling 6 units per school year.
- Coverage includes: Listen and Appraise, Musical Activities and Perform and Share.
- Music is progressive (See KS1 and KS2 musical progression document – Charanga). In both key stages children will have differentiated instrumental progression opportunities and progression in improvisation and composition through singing and performing whilst learning about a range of music genres.
- All members of the teaching team have access to Charanga to support with planning and resourcing their music curriculum.
- Planned music activities can be supplemented with other opportunities to provide a music stimulus, such as singing number songs in maths, having a days of the week song, listening to different music styles i.e. when coming into class, using music to provide a calm environment or using music to facilitate cross curricular learning.
- Year three learn to play wind instruments and Year five learn to play brass instruments. Year four will perform a staged musical performance.
- Pupils with additional needs are supported to access the learning as appropriate depending on their need. Pupils with physical disabilities may need access to specialist tools or resources. Some pupils will benefit from pre teaching of key vocabulary. Some pupils may benefit from additional time or support from an adult to complete their work.
- At least 2 music posts per term to be posted in Class Story and/or School Story per term (long term).
For more information, please contact the Music Subject Leader:
Mrs S Campbell