BUCKINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL MUSIC POLICY

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1 BUCKINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL MUSIC POLICY 1. Introduction Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and can also play an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. 2. Aims At Buckingham School the aims of music teaching are: To provide a curriculum that is broad and balanced and which progressively develops musical skills, concepts and knowledge throughout the key stages. The teaching of music should encourage children to enjoy musical activities and develop a sensitive approach to sound and music from a variety of traditions, cultures and styles. To provide music for all children regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or ability. To encourage children to attain their potential within their own capabilities. We aim to build self-esteem and self-confidence and where appropriate foster and develop a particular musical talent. To assist children in developing appropriate skills through which they can express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music making with personal satisfaction. 3. Learning Objectives To develop control and understanding of duration, pitch, tempo, timbre, texture, dynamics and structure. To communicate musical ideas to others. To improve instrumental and vocal techniques. To listen with sustained attention. To be able to sing from memory. To develop the ability to play from memory. 4 Teaching and learning style At Buckingham Primary School we aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience and we encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which they can build up their personal confidence. Our teaching develops the children s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them simple musical notation and composition. 1

2 We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by: setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses. setting tasks of increasing difficulty. grouping children by ability in the room and setting different tasks to each ability group. providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child. The children will be provided with opportunities to work as a class, individually or as part of a group. Class teachers are responsible for their own class organization for music whilst at the same time ensuring this compliments and reflects the overall aims and philosophy of the school. 5. Music Scheme Our school uses the A&C Black Music Express scheme as the basis for its curriculum planning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress: increasing breadth and range of musical experiences; increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities; Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children s music making. 6. Implementation The Unit Music is an integral part of the curriculum in the Unit. It is used extensively for developing listening and attention skills and is often used to help motivate withdrawn children. Music takes place in the classroom setting throughout the week s curriculum. The Unit follows the Music Express scheme of work for the Foundation Stage, as appropriate. The children participate in wider opportunities at external centres. Yearly Years Foundation Stage We teach music in the Nursery and Reception classes as a cross-curricular linked strand to topic work covered during the year. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, EYFS, we relate the musical aspects of the children s work to the objectives set out in the EYFS Profile. 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. The children have access to the Creative Arts room for 40 minutes a week when Music Express Units of Work are followed. Key Stage 1 and 2 Key Stage 1 and 2 all have access to the Creative Arts room for 40 minutes a week and follow the Music Express scheme of work for their relevant year group. 2

3 Richmond Music Trust provides the Wider Opportunities Programme for Year 4 pupils. This involves the pupils in participating in whole class vocal training in term 1, free whole class keyboard tuition in term 2 and private, small group or individual training on the keyboard, during the school day, in term 3. The private lessons have to be paid for by the parents. Richmond Music Trust also teaches private violin lessons, during the school day for Year 2 Year 6 pupils. 7. Cross-Curricular Links Music in Buckingham as well as making its own distinctive contribution to the school curriculum, also helps to develop skills in other areas, especially in the development of Literacy (language skills, rhythm, rhyme, creative writing ). Maths (patterns, sequences and processes). Dance (expressive music). Art (music for inspiration). I.C.T - The Espresso programme. P.S.H.E (reflecting, listening, creating, performing). 8. Equal Opportunities Through our music teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child s different needs. IEP's may include, as appropriate, specific targets relating to music. All children have opportunities for individual lessons on the violin, keyboard and participating in the Infant and Junior Choir. All children have access to the music curriculum regardless of age, gender, ethnic background and or ability. 9. Health and Safety. Teachers should have due regard for these issues and encourage the children to work carefully and have a knowledge of the equipment that will prevent dangerous or inappropriate mishandling of instruments. 10. Assessment and recording We assess children's knowledge and understanding by questioning, listening and observation of performance in class as an ongoing process. (Taped performances, Radio Waves or videos are excellent means of keeping evidence within this subject.) Information on a child s progress in music is communicated to parents in a written report at the end of each year. 11. Every Child Matters The various musical activities encouraged by Buckingham Primary School throughout the academic year encourage the children to: Enjoy and achieve - The children develop their singing skills and can feel a sense of achievement when performing various musical performances in front of the school, their parents and the community, throughout their academic year. The Junior Choir sing with many other Richmond schools at The Richmond Music Trust s Singing Festival each year at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. 3

4 Make a positive contribution - The children contribute to school assemblies and various Festival celebrations throughout the year which is a positive contribution to the school and the community. The Junior Choir sings to the local community at our Harvest Festival and at Christmas. Achieve economic well-being Private lessons are provided by Richmond Music Trust for the violin from Year 2 to Year 6, and are taught during the school day. The children also have access to free tuition of the keyboards for one term in Year 4 and then they can continue to pay for private lessons which are also taught during the school day. The children have free professional singing sessions in Year 4 for one term and can sing with the Junior School Choir during their time at Buckingham Primary School. Date of approval of policy 1 st December 2012 Signed: Heena Sachdeva Name: Heena Sachdeva Designation: Chair of Governors On behalf of the Governing Body Buckingham Primary School Review December 2011 Next Review December 2014 The Governing Body and Senior Staff of the school endorse this policy and will assist staff, parents and students to meet its objectives and secure its success. 4

5 Appendix A This appendix is for the purpose of explaining current extra-curricular musical opportunities available at Buckingham Primary School for the school year Singing Assembly These happen weekly for the children in Key Stage 1 and twice a half term for the children in Key Stage 2. The children learn appropriate seasonal or subject based songs, usually using Out of the Ark materials or Sing Up. Children get the opportunity to perform in special assemblies and at various concerts and celebrations during the school year. Music is played as children enter and leave the hall. This is based on a rota that will run throughout the year and aims to expose children to a variety of composers and different styles. This year the children are listening to Music from Around the World, The planet suite and Classical pieces. Orchestra Children in Key Stage 2 who play an instrument are invited to join the orchestra, run by Amy Ruff of Richmond Music Trust. They have regular opportunity to perform both to parents and other children and staff in the school. Instrumental Tuition There are a number of children receiving Keyboard and piano lessons across Key Stage 2 from Amy Ruff. These are children who have taken part in the Wilder Opportunities Programme and have continued with privately funded lessons. The children have the opportunity to perform to parents and the school community at various events over the school year. There are currently a small number of Key Stage 2 pupils who receive Violin Tuition. Infant and Junior Choir The Infant Choir is run by a member of Key Stage 1 staff during a lunchtime and the children enjoy learning and performing a number of songs. They have the opportunity to perform in assemblies and at other celebrations throughout the year. The Junior Choir is currently run by Susannah Robert, who is also running the vocal training for the Wider Opportunities children in Year 4. They are being trained to a high standard and will perform in assemblies and other celebrations throughout the school year. Olympic Dreams This year there will be an opportunity for 20 children to perform in the Olympic Dreams event held in June at St Mary s College. The event will comprise of singing and other performance arts. Productions Over the course of the Academic year, every child has the opportunity to take part in which Singing and Musical Performance plays a key role. 5

6 Nursery, Magnolia, Reception and year1 take part in Christmas Productions which are performed to parents and other children in the school. Year 2 now lead the School carol Concert at St Mary s Church. Year 3 lead the School Harvest Assembly. The children learn and perform a variety of Harvest Songs. The Whole School work towards learning a few of these songs so that all of the children can join in together. Year 4 and 5 rehearse and perform a production during the Spring Term. This has given opportunities for talented singers to perform solos and duets and has often introduced children to more complex musical arrangements including part singing and harmonies. Year 6 have the opportunity to perform in the leaver s production during the Summer Term. Again, talented pupils may have special roles and solo parts but all children take part enthusiastically. 6

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