At Pentland, we believe that high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We want our music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. Our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school. Music is integrated into our broad and balanced curriculum, within singing and class assemblies, and other performances. We work closely with Tees Valley Music Service who provide our children n opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument.
In class, we use “Charanga”, a scheme which follows the Primary National Curriculum for Music, and offers a topic-based approach to music that complements our broad and balanced curriculum.
By the end of EY, children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music and dance. They sing familiar songs and imitate movement in response to music. Through imaginative play, they make up rhythms, sing to self and use every day materials to create music.
By the end of KS1, children use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will have experienced tuned and untuned instruments through music lessons, performances in assemblies and nativities. They can listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music as well as experimenting with, creating, selecting and combining sounds using a range of musical media.
By the end of KS2, children will have had opportunities to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will have been taught to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They can listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They can understand some musical notation and will also appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.