At Carr, we want our children to be passionate about music and get enjoyment and excitement from the subject. We believe that music is an inclusive subject that plays a vital role in every child’s education; it is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music is a tool for personal expression, and we believe it can play an important part in the personal development of pupils as individuals. We aim to encourage children’s curiosity as they ask questions and explore the role of music in different cultures and societies around the world. At Carr, we aim to foster a love of singing which we believe is important for both physical and mental wellbeing as well as broadening spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. Furthermore, we aim to provide many performance opportunities as we believe that plays an important role in building children’s self belief, self confidence and resilience.
To ensure that we deliver our intention and cover all objectives set out in the National Curriculum, the music lead undertakes learning walks and book looks regularly to analyse music teaching across school and to ensure consistency, coverage and progression. The National Curriculum provides a structure and The Rainbow Curriculum provides skill progression for the music curriculum being taught. This is, where possible, linked to our Big Ideas to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study. Each weekly question - as part of our Big Idea - ends with a Bloom's Taxonomy question which allows the teacher to further assess to what level the outcomes have been met.
Planning for Progression
Teachers plan high quality lessons linked to the Big Idea, ensuring all areas of the National Curriculum are covered. Lessons are taught in a progressive sequence meaning that the children are building on prior knowledge while slowly being introduced to new concepts.
Children present their work in a creative scrapbook style. For music, this may be photographs, QR codes to videos of their work, graphic scores or other written work linked to their Big Idea weekly question. This helps to consolidate learning and answer the Blooms Question to determine their level of understanding.
All children have access to a weekly Singing Assembly where they learn and practise songs before performing to parents in our Celebration Assembly. Singing is also encouraged in all areas of the curriculum to help develop memory, timing, sustained concentration and to encourage listening.
We offer both group and individual lessons in brass, woodwind and guitars. Year 4 are also offered whole class instrumental tuition in percussion in the Spring Term.
Visits and Visitors
Throughout the year we organise music workshops - where possible linked to the Big Idea - where children are taught by specialist music teachers. We also take part in projects such as Young Voices and The Minster Project where the children learn a range of songs before performing them to an audience at specific venues with other schools.
We have Carr Choir for children to take part in and explore their musical interests in singing and performing further.
Music is an inclusive subject but at times children can feel reluctant or self conscious. Support is provided by the class teacher, critical friends or resources in the safe, friendly and nurturing environment of the classroom.
Children have a passion and enthusiasm for music.
Children use their curiosity to ask questions to extend their knowledge in a safe and nurturing environment.
Children have high expectations of themselves in music and aspire to achieve.
Impact is also measured by analysing the quality of the children’s music work and Blooms Assessment answers, which is recorded at the end of each academic year. At Carr, we are continually monitoring the impact of teaching on learning through learning walks and book looks as well as pupil and staff voices.