At Cherry Orchard we see music as an area of great importance for children to both learn about and experience. Giving children the opportunity to experience live performances delivered by experienced musicians, both individual and ensembles, give our children exposure to the possibilities of how their own skills and experience could develop, if they choose.
At Cherry Orchard we feel that It is important that students are given opportunities to discover a broad range of music experiences including classifying and analysing sounds, composing, exploring body percussion, harmonising, listening, playing instruments, singing, notation, reading music, songwriting and recording.
Individually and collaboratively, all students, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to experience the best music making, appraising and performing and be able to create and respond to musical ideas.
Our intent is that all pupils will, to the best of their ability:
- Develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing, creating and responding to music.
- Extend the above skills by applying listening skills and knowledge and understanding of music.
- Understand how sounds are made, changed and organised.
- Understand how music is produced through the use of instruments and musical processes, including relevant symbols and notations.
- Understand how music is influenced by time and place.
- Have an overview of music history and close-up practical experience of music through the ages
- Have an understanding of how rhythms and sound are notated
- Have opportunities to listen to live and recorded music
- Experience high quality live performance given by experienced experts in the field
- Be able to take part in live performances
- Build on knowledge and skills over time
- Be able to use musical vocabulary
Where possible, music is linked with our IB PYP Transdisciplinary Theme, although in the main, discrete lessons and time are given to the acquisition and improvement of musical knowledge and skills over time.
In the main, the high quality music programme ‘Charanga’ is used by teachers as a tool to deliver music lessons. This knowledge and understanding is then built upon, where possible, with further links to central ideas and lines of inquiry. Teachers with their own musical proficiency in a particular instrument, may use this expertise to the benefit of their year group and whole school.
Weekly lessons are provided across the school. Where possible, music is taught in a practical way. Children are encouraged to create reactions, evaluate and critique music using drawings, composition, ideas and thought sharing. A learning environment is created where the children understand that any reaction to music is valid.
In Cherry Pips and Reception classes singing, nursery rhymes and action songs are used to structure the children’s day and routines. Non tuned percussion instruments are readily available for use both in and outside of formal lesson time within the child-led environment.
Whole school singing is encouraged for seasonal performances, where the whole school community can come together and experience performing to a live audience and listening to the performances of others.
The school has achieved Music Mark status for showing that we highly value music by providing a broad and balanced music curriculum across the school.
Further musical opportunities are pursued throughout the year to enhance the children’s learning, for example, musical workshops and musicians are invited to school, children are given the opportunity to perform in the annual LAT’s Got Talent competition, attend the annual Young Voices Events at the O2 Arena, and perform at local community venues.
At COPA, we envision our music curriculum impacting the pupils in the following ways:
- Develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, developing and extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.
- Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for example in community music making, and, where appropriate, to follow a music related career.
- Develop transferable skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas that are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence, and sensitivity towards others.
- Develop the child as an appreciative learner, ready to engage, understand and develop their musical ideas
The impact our music curriculum is having is sought in a number of ways, including:
- Pupil’s voice
- Through recall, consistently revisiting themes and concepts from previous learning
- Through connections made during other Transdisciplinary inquiry
- Action that individuals, year groups or the whole school take part in
- Evidence of skills and progression in books, videos and photos
- Pupils pursuing their interests in the forms of music clubs or music lessons