Camm’s CE Primary School Statement: Music
At Camm’s, our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate.
The curriculum is embedded in classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, music mornings, singing concerts, Christmas and summer productions, church visits and the learning of instruments throughout the children’s time at school. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
During their time at Camm’s, children have the opportunity to learn and gain skill in playing a variety of instruments. The school receives high-quality sessions from outside agencies, including the opportunity to learn to play recorders, percussion and Bamboo Tamboo – a percussion instrument the children work as an ensemble to perform. The children are also taught to play a range of tuned and un-tuned instruments from KS1. They learn how to compose focusing on the different dimensions of music, which in turn enhances their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
Music in the foundation stage is woven through many areas of learning, particularly Communication and Language, Expressive Arts and Design and Physical development. It is also used as a tool for delivering the content of Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and PSED. Music is taught through a careful mix of different approaches – play, adult modelling, observation of peers, guided learning and direct teaching.
Whilst in school, children have access to a progressive knowledge and skills-based curriculum, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to develop. Music also develops an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
Children are able to enjoy and engage with music, in a plethora of ways - either as listener, creator or performer. They can analyse music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. Our aim for the impact of the music curriculum is that the children leave Camm’s School ready for the next step in their music education.