At Walford Primary School, we believe that Music is an essential part of a balanced education for all children. Music is a powerful, unique form of communication and is a vehicle for self-expression; is an integral part of all cultures, past and present; develops concentration, perseverance, co-ordination and memory; promotes co-operation, a sense of group identity and togetherness; increases self-discipline and creativity, sensitivity and fulfillment; can inspire and motivate.
We provide children with a broad Music education, which includes performing, composing, listening, reviewing and evaluating music; make singing a part of every child’s school life through all the key stages; give every child in key stage 2 the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole class ensemble teaching (Year 3 and Year 4); offer opportunities for progression, making musical instrument tuition available for those who desire it (available in Piano, Guitar, Brass, Drums, Saxophone, Flute, Violin and more).
At Walford Nursery & Primary School, pupils will:
This is the knowledge and understanding gained at each stage
By the end of EYFS, pupils will be able to:
develop a preference for forms of expression;
sing to self and make up simple songs;
capture experiences and responses with a range of media, including music;
begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances;
explore the different sounds of instruments.
By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to:
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will be able to:
play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter- related dimensions of music
listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
develop an understanding of the history of music.
What does our Music Curriculum look like?
Please refer to:
support, encourage, foster and nurture a love of music
Children will be supported by:
use of pupil premium funding to provide opportunities for instrumental tuition
the adaptation of instruments to overcome any physical barriers (special mouthpieces etc.)
use of padded headphones for pupils who have sensory difficulties
pre-teaching and opportunity to familiarise pupils with instruments prior to lessons to anticipate any obstacles.
the use of teacher and self-assessment to quickly identify any child who requires additional support in specific areas (if required, pupils will receive additional support or resources to use);
the use of Knowledge Organisers to support learning;
the use of key vocabulary within lessons;
the use of retrieval activities, e.g. Flash Back 4.
Children will be challenged by:
further solo and performance opportunities;
invitation to participate in an orchestra and choir;
invitations to participate in a composing and performing days annually.
All children can access the curriculum by:
Our music curriculum facilitates sequential learning and long-term progression of knowledge and skills. Teaching and learning methods provide regular opportunities to recap acquired knowledge through high quality questioning, discussion, modelling and explaining to aid retrieval at the beginning and end of a lesson or unit. This will enable all children to alter their long-term memory and know more, remember more and be able to do more as musicians.
In Music, you might typically see:
happy and engaged learners;
a range of different activities including practical and use of technology;
engagement and perseverance;
children talking about, sharing and reflecting on their learning.
We know how well our pupils are doing through:
pupils who pass Music Grades;
feedback given on performances;
monitoring of children’s progress.
The impact of our teaching is seen through:
confident children who can talk about different styles of music
children who are enjoying their learning in music
more children taking up instrumental tuition or joining Herefordshire Youth Orchestra
pupils who can recall key facts about significant musicians/composers