At Boynton, we aim to provide an inspiring, active and hands-on music curriculum. We want our children to develop their understanding of what music means to them by providing opportunities for children to learn about the subject in a variety of ways. These include listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a range of music genres, and in a variety of contexts.
Our music lessons engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians. In turn, this increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Composing or performing using body percussion, found objects and vocal sounds forms part of the curriculum, this develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. Our music lessons incorporate aspects of music history that relate to class topic themes, this allows music to be appreciated in context.
The Charanga scheme of work is used in EYFS and KS1. This follows the National Curriculum, and provides a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. Alongside this, children are given many opportunities to take part in class songs and performances, and to play recorders and percussion instruments such as glockenspiels, which gives them an opportunity to read basic music notation.
In KS2 children learn to play a stringed instrument. Previously, children have been taught to play the guitar but since September, 2019, ukulele has been taught as a class session. Violin is an optional ‘peri’ 1-1 music lesson taught by a tutor. Both are provided by East Riding’s School’s Music Service; again this follows the National Curriculum. The practice allows children to learn about how music is created, as well as to progress their reading of musical notation. This opportunity feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
All children attend a weekly singing assembly, where they have the opportunity learn and perform a range of songs as well as listening to performances of live classical music.
In addition optional 1:1 music tuition encourages children to further develop their musical skills and to gain confidence as performers.
Whist in school, children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts, appreciating a range of musical traditions and genres. Most importantly they have an understanding of how to further develop their skills, should they ever choose to continue their musical interests later in life. We will know this from questioning them on the knowledge and skills they have developed; work scrutiny and the application of these in their creation of new music and performances.