What is taught?
At Toft Hill Primary, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children.
We follow the National Curriculum for Music, which aims to ensure that all children:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music.
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. As children progress, they develop a deeper understanding of the structure and organisation of music and are able to read musical notation. We teach them to listen to and discuss different forms of music using technical vocabulary. We aim to increases children’s creativity, positive attitudes and give them a sense of achievement.
How is music taught?
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in practical classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies, various performances, the learning of instruments and the school choir. By employing a specialist music teacher, from Durham Music Service, to teach music to Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils we provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In Key Stage 2 children learn to play the recorder and ukulele.
“Progress means knowing more and remembering more.” OFSTED
Why is music taught in this way?
The music curriculum is taught this way at Toft Hill to expose children to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to apply their musical skills, knowledge and explore and develop as singers and musicians. The main reasons for teaching music this way is that by the end of KS2 pupils are able to:
o Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
o Develop an understanding of musical composition.
o Use and understand musical notations.