Music

Intent

‘Music is the universal language of mankind’ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

At Fishtoft Academy we believe that inside each of our learners there is an innate sense of creativity that must not be allowed to lie dormant. Listening to, and making, music fulfils the instinctive human need for self-expression and creativity. It stimulates responses on both emotional and intellectual levels. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, we recognise that music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject.

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations, bringing communities together. By exposing our learners to diverse musical experiences we hope to ignite within them a passion for music that will last a lifetime.

Through our music curriculum we aim to give every child the opportunity to:

  • Experience enjoyment through a variety of musical activities.
  • Develop their individual musical talents: composing and performing music to a high standard both vocally and with instruments.
  • Develop an appreciation of the richness of our musical heritage by listening to, learning, and performing music of a variety of styles and cultures.
  • Develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them understand and discuss their own musical work and that of others.
  • Express their own ideas and opinions through music.
  • Partake in an array of performances, both within the academy and in public.
  • Develop their social skills through collaborative musical experiences including composing and performing.

Implementation

At Fishtoft Academy we follow the model music curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 (2021).

Music is taught to all learners by a subject-specialist teacher in focused units for an hour a week on a half-termly rotational basis (one half term of each long-term being music).

Our units of work are planned using the Charanga primary music curriculum: a world-leading resource used in over 62 countries. Units of work focused on ‘Exploring Music’ and ‘Vocal Performance’ are taught in every year of our rolling plan, whilst units focused on ‘Composing Music’, ‘Instrumental Performance’ and ‘Listening to and Appraising Music’ are delivered within each two-year cycle.

At Fishtoft Academy we believe that children need to over-learn music skills in order to develop a level of competence and confidence, so as part of our progression in learning there is repetition of skills built-in. Additionally, in order to ensure that our learners are able to commit the knowledge, concepts and skills they develop to long-term memory, we have core vertical themes which are contained within each year of our music rolling plan.

These are:

  • Singing: To improve pupils’ internalisation of music through high-quality singing, careful listening, and a well-developed sense of pitch.
  • Playing music: To know how to read music, interpret performance directions (dynamics, tempo, and style) and perform to an audience, both individually and as part of an ensemble.
  • Composing music: To know how to respond to a stimulus to create music – improvising around a given scale or chord sequence and arranging music.
  • Listening and analysing music: To know how music has changed over time, learning about the ‘great composers’ and their works and developing the ability to pick out key elements of music through listening.

Instrumental Tuition and Public Performance

As they progress through the academy, all pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument (group instrumental tuition). This is facilitated through our strong links with the Lincolnshire Music Service. We also encourage all of our pupils to perform in public at one of our many musical events, such as through participating in the ‘Young Voices’ program.

Our rolling plan for music can be accessed below: