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. (Although many of these activities have currently been suspended due to health and safety following the outbreak of Covid 19.)
All children 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.
Early Years Foundation Stage: The children use a variety of untuned instruments.
Key Stage One: In Year 1 and 2 the children use a range of untuned instruments and develop their ability to play the Glockenspiel.
Year 3: In Y3 the children are introduced to the Recorder. They will have the opportunity to continue to develop their confidence and ability by attending a recorder extra-curricular club.
Year 4: In Y4 the children will continue to develop their accuracy, fluency and control of the Recorder. They will have the opportunity to continue attending a recorder extra-curricular club.
Year 5: In Y5 the children are introduced to the Ukulele. They will have the opportunity to continue to develop their confidence and ability by attending a Ukulele extra-curricular club.
Year 6: In Y6 the children will continue to develop their accuracy, fluency and control of the Ukulele. They will have the opportunity to continue attending a Ukulele extra-curricular club.
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.