Our balanced music curriculum at Manor Park Primary School enables the children to develop their musical creativity through practical and exploratory opportunities to develop as performers, song makers, composers, improvisers and listeners. Through deliberate practice, children become fluent in their knowledge of music. As they move through school, the children also develop an increasing understanding of the history of music, learning about music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Music promotes diversity and be used to express the children’s personal, emotional, social and cultural identity. Children not only learn about music but they will develop a love of music, becoming musicians who are able to share and perform using their new knowledge.
To implement this, we provide a balanced curriculum that is sequenced appropriately in order to develop the skills required to develop their ability to understand and participate in music. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through musical units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities and performing. Music is taught weekly, so that children achieve depth in the learning. We use the National Curriculum objectives as a start for our planning in music. The web based primary music scheme Charanga, is used throughout the school as a basis for music teaching. It provides coverage of all the National Curriculum objectives and ensures progression in key skills. In this way, children are increasingly challenged as they move through school. This offers a variety of approaches, including topic-based work, instrument tuition and skills based work. We will encourage close links with our local community and sometimes further afield.