Music Curriculum Intent
At Stillness Infant School our children will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lessons engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As an art form, it improves concentration, teamwork, and self-discipline. As children progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to listen to, and appraise with discrimination the best in the musical canon.
- Music at Stillness is an enjoyable and inclusive learning experience. We ensure all children, whatever their musical abilities or needs, have opportunities to develop their musical and performing skills, using a variety of musical experiences, through which we aim to build up their confidence. In addition to these curriculum opportunities children can choose from a variety of individual and group instrument lessons, including our Rock Steady rock band.
- Our children explore different aspects of music through voice and instruments. We ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music reflecting our diverse community, e.g. Reggae, Blues, World Music and Classical, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers; they enjoy music from Africa, Brazil, India and Europe.
- Our progressive and sequential Charanga scheme is matched to our half term topics to re-enforce the teaching, for example in Y1 ‘Unique UK’, children learn about music related to the four countries of the UK. Links are made to the BBC Ten Pieces program and Artists, for example, Kandinsky, enabling learning to be revisited and deepened.
- Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach Subject Specific technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
- We value additional broad musical experiences across the school which some children would not engage in at home. All children perform in concerts throughout the year as a whole school and with other schools e.g. the London Symphony Orchestra’s Young people’s music program, visits to the Barbican, and We Sing, You Sing’ concert. Our visiting workshops are often based on musical experiences, for example, our Chinese New Year celebration dance workshop.
- We encourage children’s reading skills, teaching new songs using digital technology. This enables children to become more fluent readers across curriculum areas, for example, in Science, reading words about the weather and seasonal activities for our summer concert songs.