What is the intent of Music in our School?
Music at Cranfield church of England Academy provides a high-quality curriculum that develops self-confidence, enriches creativity and celebrates all abilities of musical talent within all cultures and faiths.
How is Music implemented in our school?
Early Years Foundation Stage:
Music is taught as an intrinsic part of the EYFS curriculum. In Early Years, activities are planned as part of the continuous provision and adult directed activities which deliver objectives from Expressive Arts and Design and Literacy.
Years 1 – 4:
Music is taught through our Creative Curriculum, using Cornerstones as our planning tool. In addition, we use the “Charanga” scheme to ensure coverage of key skills and assist non-specialist teachers.
Planning takes into account the National Curriculum areas of study including: composing, responding, performing and appraising.
- Children are taught to sing a variety of songs and to use their voices expressively. Children have the opportunity to play tuned and un-tuned instruments with increasing control and will rehearse and perform with others with an awareness of an audience.
- Children create musical patterns and are shown how to explore, select and organise musical ideas, recording these in a variety of ways e.g. pictorial score, iPad or using notation.
- Children are given the opportunity to explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about music, using dance, expressive language and musical vocabulary.
- Children are given opportunities to analyse and compare sounds and become confident at suggesting improvements for their own work and that of others.
- Children are given opportunities to listen with concentration and internalise and recall sounds with increasing memory to assist them to develop a growing awareness of the eight musical elements: duration, dynamics, pitch, silence, tempo, texture, structure and timbre.
- Children learn that time and place can influence the way music is created, performed and heard, that music is produced in different ways and is described through invented and standard notations.
Key Stage Two only:
All Key Stage Two children are invited to join extra-curricular music clubs.
Assessment is ongoing through observation, discussion and peer assessment. This is used to inform planning. Evidence is recorded on the Music Progression Stepping Stones and reported on termly using the Foundation Assessment grid.
Where can I get further information?
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's teacher.