Subject Lead - Mrs F.Keighley
At Priory Lane Community School, we are all musicians!
Music is one of the central building blocks of any culture. Knowledge and understanding of music is a vital part of our cultural capital in understanding where we came from and our place in the world. Through the study of music, pupils will have the opportunity to sing and play a range of instruments, as well as learn how to create ensembles that are performed to others. They will develop a critical engagement with music as well as vocabulary, allowing them to compose, listen and appraise a range of musical genres and artists. We also hope that the enjoyment gained in listening to and performing music will help in developing self-confidence and a desire to take their musical skills further in future years.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- 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
At Priory Lane Community School, we teach music through the Charanga scheme. Charanga works seamlessly alongside the national curriculum ensuring that our children revisit the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, voice, pitch and rhythm- building upon previous learning and skills. The learning within this scheme is based on listening and appraising, musical activities, creating and exploring and singing and performing.
The Charanga music scheme allows children to experience a new topic and style of music every half term. These lessons provide children with the opportunity to listen and respond to different styles of music, use their voices and instruments to listen and sing back and have a go at composing their own piece of music. The lessons are planned to support clear progression across the school. In addition to the taught music curriculum, learners listen to a range of music styles and genres in assembly, as well as having a singing assembly every week.
The music curriculum at Priory Lane Community School looks like:
Children listening to, performing and composing real music from a range of genres, cultures and styles
Pupils singing, appraising, moving, playing and creating to internalise musical concepts
Participation in weekly singing assemblies and performing at Old Brumby United Church
An after school club whereby children are currently learning to play the recorder with the intention to perform during an assembly
"How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?"