‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ – Hans Christian Anderson
At Mersey Park we believe that music should be an enjoyable learning experience for all children and one which encourages children to participate in a variety of musical opportunities. 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. We ensure our music curriculum is enriched with as many learning opportunities as possible, so our children can have musical experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise have.
From an early age we make sure that children are introduced to a range of composers and musicians so they can experience styles and genres that might be new to them. 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. They are given access to more unusual instruments to give them a wider learning experience of instruments that they might not come across in life, such as ukuleles.
In the past we have worked with outside agencies and visiting artists and performers (for example key strings and Merseyside police brass band) to provide our children with authentic and real life opportunities to get involved with workshops and performances.
Through teaching music we can contribute to the enrichment of children’s lives, boost their self-esteem and confidence and give them opportunities in school that they might not be given in life. We celebrate the positive impact music has on our children and how it can allow individuals to shine.
Teaching and Learning
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. 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 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.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They also begin to learn technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and we encourage children to discuss music using these terms. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music and they develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.
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.
To view the overview for our Music curriculum please follow the link for your child’s year group:
Click below to view the progression of skills across the year groups for Music:
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.