‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ – Hans Christian Anderson
At Mersey Park Primary School we believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a tool for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music allows children to better understand the world they live in. It also plays an important part in enabling children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of quality musical forms, and to begin to make judgments about the quality of music.
Aims and objectives
Our objectives in the teaching of Music are:
- To promote positive attitudes and enthusiasm for music.
- To provide all children with a broad range of quality musical experiences with purpose and enjoyment.
- To provide enabling environments, so that learners feel safe and confident in their use of music.
- To meet the requirement of the National Curriculum as fully as possible and enable all children to reach the highest possible standards of achievement.
- To use music in a cross-curricular fashion to raise standards across the school.
- To create the atmosphere and levels of resource to encourage all members of the school community to learn and enjoy music.
- To encourage and inspire children to be part of and perform as part of an ensemble.
Teaching and Learning
At Mersey Park Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of our music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse, dynamics, rhythm and pitch. We also teach children how to work with others to make music, writing musical notation and composing music using the online, digital music resource ‘Charanga’, a new music scheme for the new curriculum.
We teach music to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
We teach music in Foundation Stage classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the F2 class is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
Assessment, Record Keeping and Reporting
- Assessments are used diagnostically by teachers to evaluate learning and inform teaching and to inform future provision
- Assessments are completed at the end of each unit of work
- Year groups keep evidence of work produced by the pupils in a class music book to show their music’s learning journey
- The music subject leader keeps samples of children’s work in a portfolio, which is used to demonstrate the expected level of achievement in music for each age group in the school
Extra-curricular activities and live music experiences
Children have additional opportunities to develop their understanding of skills in music. Extra-curricular activities such as choirs, recorder club and ukulele club. Outside musicians are invited to perform to the children, giving them as much experience of live music as possible, for example, musical duo Key Strings visit our school annually covering many elements of music. We participate in the Christmas and Summer Wirral Music Festival (made up of our cluster schools), Christmas carol concert, Easter services and Summer musical concert at the end of the year.