The National Curriculum states that all children should receive a high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
At Burnhope Primary School all children receive complete at least 30 minutes of quality Singing lessons each week with a qualified singing teacher. The children in KS1 begin learning basic skills and techniques which include:
- using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- playing tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experimenting with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
In KS2 the children begin to implement those skills and are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- Music Mark School 2019/2020
In our most recent Ofsted Inspection (January 2019) it was noted as a strength that:
- Pupils enjoy, and are successful in, learning across a wide range of subjects. The curriculum is well designed and is regularly adapted to meet pupils’ needs.
It will be evident over time that the progress, knowledge and skills of pupils will increase between EYFS and Year 6. When planning, teachers refer to the Long Term Plan which ensures progression across the school. Impact will be assessed through a multi-faceted approach including performances, informal observations in lessons, opportunities through practical music-making, listening to children talking and playing, and watching children respond. Evidence is built up by means of sound and video recordings taken at the beginning and end of units, or when there is something significant to note. These should show development of musical skills, particularly singing, and improvement in social skills such as cooperation and team-work. Pupil voice is also important in the review of provision for music. Evaluations of schools with a strong musical ethos have shown there can be positive impacts on pupil wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem, as well as improved attendance.