The importance of music cannot be underestimated. Music forms a soundtrack to our lives and we identify experiences by the music to which we were exposed at the time. Furthermore, music allows us to develop self-expression, self-confidence, interact with others and reflect on how it makes us feel.
At Brooke Primary Academy we want our children to have fun whilst they explore music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of musical styles and genres. To support them to develop as musicians we aim to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding identified in the NC Music POS. To this end we use Charanga, an online scheme of work to support teachers to deliver high quality music lessons across the school.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, compose, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in activities which take place in lessons, as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
Children in F2 – Y6 have a music lesson each week and follow units planned through Charanga. Within this scheme children are exposed to a wide variety of music styles and genres both in the classroom and through assemblies and other curriculum subjects. Units of work are planned to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to listen, sing, play, improvise, compose and appraise.
Pupils are also given the opportunity to compose or perform using body percussion and vocal sounds which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Additionally, throughout school pupils are given the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of musical instruments. This may be part of their weekly music lesson, direct teaching from a peripatetic teacher or part of the lunchtime and after school clubs.
Foundation Stage 1: The children are introduced to music as part of the provision. Music forms part of many aspects of the EYFS framework, including phase 1 phonics.
Foundation Stage 2: The children use a variety of untuned instruments. The Glockenspiel will be introduced through the Charanga unit.
Year 1: The children use a variety of untuned instruments and will continue to familiarise themselves with the glockenspiel through the Charanga unit.
Year 2: The children will develop their understanding of music and develop their skill in the glockenspiel through studying a separate Glockenspiel unit alongside the Charanga unit.
Year 3: The children will develop their understanding of music and develop their skill in the glockenspiel through continuing to study a separate Glockenspiel unit alongside the Charanga unit.
Year 4: In Y4 the children are introduced to the Recorder, studying a separate recorder unit alongside the Charanga unit.
Year 5: In Y5 the children will continue to develop their accuracy, fluency and control of the Recorder, continuing to study a separate recorder unit alongside the Charanga unit.
Year 6: In Y6 the children will study Charanga units and revise their knowledge and skills of the recorder.
Recorder club – This is delivered by our own skilled musician, Mrs Cheetham and takes place at break time.
Orchestra – This is open to children in Y4 – Y6 who are attending music clubs or have peripatetic/private instrument lessons
Ukulele Club – This is delivered by our won skilled musician, Mr England and takes place after school
Choir – This is open to children in KS2. We practise songs to sing at Young Voices, Christmas and other school events
By the end of their time at Brooke we want pupils to have been exposed to many musical forms and genres. They will be able to sing and feel a pulse, identify what aspect of music they enjoy and explain why.
As part of the curriculum our children will know more, remember more and understand more about Music. They will also be equipped to further develop their musical skills should they wish to.
Finally, they will be prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.