At Holbrook C of E Primary School, we intend that all children should access and be given the opportunity to enjoy a high- quality music education as stated in the National Curriculum. We are committed to inspiring pupils to explore their musical talents and develop a love and curiosity of the different styles and genres of the music around the world, both past and present. We aim to explore how music can help one express their emotions, tell a story and in turn develop self- confidence, self- reflection and create a sense of belonging within the ‘community’. Alongside this, we aim to give children the opportunities to progress to the next level of musical creativity through a curriculum that allows them to listen to and create music with a high level of engagement.
Music at Holbrook, is taught by class teachers through dedicated music lessons following a rolling curriculum due to mixed aged classes. Children also have the opportunity to create their own musical journey. Alongside the structured lessons, children enjoy a weekly singing session and have the chance to participate in musical events and clubs throughout the year: choir, musical clubs, annual performances, visits to church and professional music lesson. Our music curriculum is centred around ‘Charanga’, an award winning music scheme that covers the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum objectives through preforming and learning a range of songs. It is a clear and rich syllabus to ensure that each child accesses every objective in an inclusive and creative way and provides clear end points and key learning for each unit.
Our music curriculum works on the foundations of critiquing and appreciating a wide range of high- quality music drawn from a range of different composers, musicians and cultures. These pieces act as the nucleus for our musical journey of learning to play a range of tuned and untuned instruments, using our voices expressively, improvising and composing using the inter-related dimensions of music for a range of purposes and using and understanding staff and other musical notations. Consequently, exposing our children to a wealth of musical knowledge and history whilst expressing themselves creatively and unlocking self-reflection and evaluation.
Our carefully planned and resourced scheme of work moves progressively from EYFS to Year Six but lessons follow a similar structure throughout the school.
Our children therefore will experience and recognise many classic pieces by the end of their school journey. Our curriculum also gives them the opportunity to learn the different dimensions of music both with and without and instrument. As they move up the school, they will learn to play two tuned instruments and develop their understanding of the musical elements in more detail. All of these different dynamics feed into our overall aim of creating a rich palette of musical knowledge and self-confidence.
The spirit of music runs through everyday life at Holbrook, through the ability to believe and evaluate ourselves and most importantly express ourselves freely and remain open to new ideas and a range of opinions.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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