Subject Leader: Mrs Cleary
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. At Cheetwood Primary School, we want pupils to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We will teach towards the National Curriculum requirements for music through the use of ‘Charanga’. Charanga provides many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.
Pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We ultimately aspire to develop a love and appreciation of music where pupils can confidently make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music, alongside developing musical attributes such as listening, composing and performing.
In addition, there are opportunities for children to be able to develop their musicianship through singing in choirs and playing in instrumental ensembles supported by One Education and Create Music. Performance opportunities are provided throughout the year to showcase these skills to parents/carers/Governors and develop children’s confidence when performing.