Music plays a big role within the life of The Lanes Primary School and it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable part of the learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities both inside and outside of the classroom which enables them to build their confidence. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat and through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music across different cultures and through a variety of genres and time periods. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach musical vocabulary such as volume, pitch and dynamics and we encourage children to discuss music using these terms. We enrich our Music curriculum with many opportunities for children to perform and develop a wide range of musical skills. These include musical workshops, visiting lunchtime concerts and performance opportunities both within school and in the wider community
The music curriculum at The Lanes Primary School ensures that pupils sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate music. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, in concerts and performances, the learning of instruments and in musical ensembles. We teach music through Charanga, a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. Charanga includes many examples of music styles 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. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.
The impact of our Music curriculum is that all children at The Lanes Primary School have a love of music and increased levels of self-confidence. They will be inspired by different genres of music and will be able to enjoy music in a variety of ways, either as a listener, composer or performer.
Music Knowledge Planner
Principles and Rationale
At The Lanes Primary School, we strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music and aim to deliver high quality music teaching, supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. We believe that music is a unique form of communication that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity and is an integral part of our culture. It provides an important medium to help children understand themselves and relate to others and the wider world. 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 (National Curriculum, 2013).