Wakefield Snapethorpe Primary School

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St George's Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8AA

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Music

Intent

At Snapethorpe we believe Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, we are aware of the huge impact that music can have on a child’s life and that a high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, from increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement, improving mental health and even helping to maintain concentration in other curriculum subjects.

Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music and listening and responding to music. They will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written down and represented in different ways. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their lives outside and beyond school.

Implementation

Music is taught through a scheme called Kapow. We have chosen to follow this scheme in order to ensure that music teaching is both consistent and in-depth across school, from Year 1 up to Year 6.

Kapow bases each unit around 5 strands that are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:

  • Performing
  • Listening
  • Composing
  • The history of music
  • The interrelated dimensions of music

Each five-lesson unit combines these strands within a cross-curricular topic, designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. As the children progress, they will be taught to sing fluently and expressively and play tuned and untuned instruments with accuracy and control. They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music - pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics - and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions. Kapow will teach and return to each of these throughout their music education, to develop and secure their understanding and continue to build their skills.

As well as teaching music as a stand-alone subject once a week, we try to integrate it into many other areas of school life as possible. For example, calming music is often playing in classroom and assemblies as the children walk in, to prepare them for the day ahead. Music is also used in the background of some extended writing lessons in order to help the children focus. Finally, music is of course key in other areas of the curriculum, such as history and geography to give the children an idea of the sounds of the past and places they have never visited. Children in key stage 2 also have the opportunity to join the school choir where rehearsals happen every Thursday after school. The choir is invited on a yearly basis to perform at the Christingle held at our local church St George’s as well as other concerts within school which parents are invited to.

As well as the choir, we offer the opportunity for small group instrumental tuition in guitar, strings and piano. 32 children across Key Stage 2 are taking part this year. Specialist teachers deliver these sessions once a week and instruments are loaned to children throughout the duration of their lessons. In addition, year 3 take part in wider opportunities, having a specialist music teacher take their music sessions each week. Within these sessions, year 3 have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele and a range of other musical skills, leading to an end of year concert performed in front of the entirety of Key Stage 2.

Impact

We hope that, by providing our children with this range of musical lessons and experiences, they will:

  • Become confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically both in school and beyond
  • Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical context in which it is developed
  • Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing
  • Demonstrate and artiuculate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum.

Staff will be able to use both formative and summative assessment to ensure that children are meeting expectations and can use the Kapow guidance in each lesson plan for supporting children who are working above or below expectations to assist them.

We hope that CPD provided through the use of the Kapow scheme will support staff in delivering a highly effective and robust music curriculum.