National Curriculum 2014: Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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.
At Goddard Park, we endeavour to offer all our children an exciting and varied musical learning journey from the time they start with us as babies in our daycare centre all the way up to year 6 when they leave us for the next stage of their education. Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the ways pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupil’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
The Scheme of Work for Music that we follow for foundation stage, KS1 and KS2 consists of a new and exciting interactive music scheme, ‘Charanga Musical School’. This new scheme, which works in conjunction with the new National Curriculum Music scheme, is an interactive program which is accessible on most electronic devices. We use Charanga during our weekly singing assemblies, the children love the sessions that it offers, as well as the fun vocal warm ups that we practice weekly. A ‘bench of brilliance’ has become a firm favourite with all the children during these assemblies, where children get the chance to come up to the front and show their brilliant vocal talents to their peers. A whole school choir takes place weekly where children from year 1 to year 6 rehearse songs for local Music Festivals which showcase the finest primary aged voices in Swindon! Choir also perform to places in the local community such as Residential Homes and Churches which are lovely occasions for all involved. We also offer group instrumental tuition through our connection with the Swindon Music Service. This year, the children are learning African Drumming and Garage Band, which is building musical skills through ICT. We are hoping to extend the variety of instruments we offer next year.