We value music education because it is a unique form of communication and expression. Through exposure to music we aim to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils. At Southwood Primary School we seek to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music, to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music is a valuable subject which offers children of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to make music with others and the chance to ‘shine’ which may not always be the case in their other subjects. These experiences include developing awareness of different cultures and traditions through their music; broaden understanding of a wide variety of musical styles and offering children the opportunity to experience personal satisfaction through making music alone and with others. It should also help them to understand and appreciate musical heritage and introduce them to the understanding and enjoyment of new or unfamiliar music through an active involvement in listening, appraising, composing and performing.
Music is taught by a music teacher who teaches across Keystage 1 & 2. At Southwood we have developed a Music scheme of work which is rooted in the National Curriculum. Each musical unit is named after/inspired by a topic from the year group long term plan (both KS1 & KS2). Each unit covers the key skills of performing, composing, singing, listening and appraising and is taught through an integrated approach. Pupil’s musical work is performed, recorded and appraised. Keywords and musical vocabulary are emphasised and their use encouraged.
Children are offered instrumental opportunities (learning to play an instrument) for example, Piano, Keyboard, Recorder & a Vocal (Singing) Group. These activities run before school, lunchtimes and as after school activities. Children get opportunities throughout the year to rehearse and perform to others. Performing together encourages not just confidence, independence and ensemble skills (team work), but also contributes to mental well-being.
At Southwood we aim to ensure our Music Curriculum allows our pupils to:
· Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
· Enjoy their musical experience through active listening and participation
· Experience the expressiveness of music & opportunities that encourage a sensitive response
· Become aware of a range of musical traditions, cultural similarities and differences
· Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated using the inter-related elements
· Sing and use their voices
· Create and compose music on their own and with others
· Use music technology appropriately
· Learn about opportunities to play a musical instrument
· Progress to the next level of instrumental learning through aspiring to and attending for example exams and Arts Festivals
· Perform to others at different venues
· Learn about opportunities to audition and/or join other musical groups outside of the school environment
· Become aware that music can support the development of certain social skills, mental well-being and wider school ‘Core Values’ such as sharing, communication, participation, co-operation, self-esteem, self-image, decision making, creativity, respect for own and other cultures.
· We have earned a ‘Music Mark’ award 2021-22