At Messingham Primary School we recognise the importance of a high quality music curriculum. We aim to foster a life-long love of music by exposing children to diverse musical experiences which ignite a passion for music. By listening and responding to traditional and modern music, as well as enabling them to find their voices as singers, performers and composers, we hope to enable them to become confident musicians.
- to promote an enjoyment and appreciation for music
- for children to listen and respond to a variety of music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions
- for children to sing and use their voices to create different effects
- for children to create and compose music both collaboratively and on their own
- for children to use a range of musical language and terminology with confidence
- for children to participate in performances
How we implement this:
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through structured music lessons as well as weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, musical clubs and teaching from specialist music teachers, including RockSteady.
In Early Years, children sing a range of nursery rhymes and songs as well as performing with others. Children also have the opportunity to explore percussion instruments.
Messingham also has their own school choir which invites children from Y2 onwards to come along and sing. There are often performances to the school and to parents, as well as the annual visit to Young Voices!
The elements and key aspects of music are taught in the classroom so that children are able to understand musical terminology and use it when responding to pieces of music. This is often done in a cross-curricular way to enable the children to make links with other subjects. The children also learn how to compose music, focusing on different dimensions where they can apply their prior knowledge.
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 knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through pupil voice, photo and video evidence of children’s practical learning, book looks and dedicated leader time. The impact of our music curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our music after school clubs and additional music 1:1 teaching.
For any queries regarding English at Messingham Primary please contact Miss Remond – our school’s Music Leader.