Intent - What do we intend our children to learn through music?
At Repton Primary School, within our music curriculum, we encourage our children to respect that everybody has their own individual taste in music. By listening to a variety of music (from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions) and by encouraging our children to be reflective and expressive, they are able to develop their own appreciation of music. The opportunities that we provide within our music curriculum allow our children to take pride in the performances that they are involved in - both in and out of school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument: from standard classroom instruments; to whole class instrument lessons and to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff. Throughout the school, from Early Years to Year Six, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. Therefore, we hope that our pupils will be successful in continuing to grow in confidence as they progress through the musical curriculum and become passionate in their responses to music.
Implementation - How do we teach music at Repton Primary School?
Music teaching at Repton Primary School delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through the use of the Charanga scheme of work. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units.
Lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:
Within EYFS, music is an integral part of the children’s learning. They learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together.
Children in Year 5 benefit from whole class specialist teaching, delivered by the Derbyshire Music Hub. These sessions allow the children to learn how to play an instrument. In addition to this, the children have opportunities to perform on their instruments throughout the year.
Children across the school, participate in a range of performances throughout the school year. These include: EYFS and KS1 nativities; Harvest Church Service (Y1 – Y6); Christmas Church Service (whole school); Year 6 leavers performance. Year 1 to Year 6 also get together once a week to sing in our singing assemblies.
Alongside our music curriculum, children also have the opportunity to participate in additional 1:1 music teaching being offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers.