Music is taught at Ordsall Primary School in Years 1- 6 within a contextualised curriculum following the objectives from the National Curriculum. In the Early Years Foundation Stage it is taught as part of expressive arts and design.
At Ordsall Primary School, we strongly believe that music helps to develop a pupil’s creativity, imagination, listening skills, confidence and their ability to express their thoughts and feelings. Developing a musical interest can foster many transferable life skills. Through music, pupils can develop listening, performance and evaluation skills as well as developing the skills required for effective learning such as perseverance and commitment. Music offers pupils the opportunity for children to explore their learning, make mistakes and build confidence to develop as independent thinkers, which links closely to the schools approach to the teaching of metacognition.
Music is taught and assessed at Ordsall using four key areas:
The school’s music curriculum is rooted in the consensus of the school’s leaders about the knowledge and skills that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life. Music at Ordsall Primary School is taught using our long-term and contextualised learning plans, which are derived from the National Curriculum. The key skills and key knowledge for music have been “mapped” across the school so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and progresses learning towards clearly defined end points or “milestones”. The milestones for the end of each term build systematically on prior learning to ensure progression. In this way, the teaching staff are aware of what pupils should ‘know’ by the end of each term, year and key stage.
Our music curriculum at Ordsall Primary School plays a key role in providing a broad and balanced curriculum across the school. We teach music explicitly and practically through the school’s day-to-day teaching, music days and the wider curriculum. The practical exploration of music alongside the other key areas of music ensures objectives are covered in a way in which our children will retain vital knowledge and skills so that they will be able to transfer and apply it fluently in a range of contexts.
The school benefits from expertise in music from within the school’s teaching staff, and music is such a high priority at Ordsall Primary School that the school employs a specialist music teacher who teaches all children for one half term each year in the classroom as well as in the wider curriculum. Through their use, the teachers own subject knowledge in music is developed so that all of our staff can provide the very best education in music.
The children at Ordsall Primary School also perform to and with their peers using a range of instruments or technology. This not only provides links across the subjects of the curriculum but also provides a valuable opportunities to develop performing, listening and evaluation skills. In order to support the music curriculum singing occurs on a weekly basis because we believe strongly that outstanding music provision has singing as an integral part of it. All of these experiences ensure that our children get first-hand experience of performing alongside live as well as recorded music.
The contextualised plans detail the specific year group objectives which, along with teacher’s short-term plans, ensure that the four key skills of music are taught in a progressive way. By delivering our music curriculum in this way we aim to develop the children’s cultural capital and promote British values such as tolerance and respect by learning about, listening to and performing a variety of music. This helps us to encourage pupils to achieve their very best in music, including challenging our more able pupils and supporting our disadvantaged and SEND pupils such as through the use of Makaton in singing assemblies.
At Ordsall Primary School children have many opportunities to further their interest in music through extra-curricular activities such as choir and musical instrument lessons. The implementation of our curriculum also allows our children to apply their musical skills purposefully to performances such at Christmas productions and church services, reinforcing the importance of practical first hand experiences. These performances also encourage parental involvement and create valuable community links in music, as parents and children are keen to attend performances and support pupils both in school and in the local area at community events like church services and fayres.
The assessment process used within music enables the school to evaluate the progress that pupils are making, inform future work and can be used to monitor specific groups. The process is tied together through our records of achievement at the end of the year and our termly assessments. The objectives from the contextualised curriculum plans are used to assess the children against the milestones. The work that children do is scrutinised and moderated so that the objectives for music are triangulated so that they all fit together for a clear purpose.
It is our intention that the music curriculum at Ordsall Primary School will be both stimulating and motivating in order to capture the children’s curiosity and fuel their motivation to learn. Learning, Playing and Growing Together in music provides the children at Ordsall Primary School with exciting learning opportunities so that they can enjoy acquiring and developing their skills, deepening their understanding, and committing key knowledge to long-term memory to apply it fluently in a range of contexts.
If you would like to see some of the work that we do in music please see our Twitter feed @Ordsallschool or our website, which are both used to share the work that we do with parents and carers, the local community and the wider community of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, the region and the United Kingdom.
If you would like to know more about the music curriculum at Ordsall Primary School please see the documents below. If you have any questions about the work we do in music please contact the Design and Technology Subject Leader at the school.