Music

Intent

Our music curriculum at Rosedale Primary School aims to provide our children with a love of music from a young age, giving them the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to give them a firm foundation in the skills of a musician. 

We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing our children to a range of musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. 

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: 
• 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 curriculum ensures that children have many opportunities to meet these aims and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. 

Implementation

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom lessons as well as weekly singing assemblies, concerts and performances, and the learning of instruments.  

In Key Stage 1 children learn about the skills of beat, pitch and exploring sounds using Music Express sequences of learning. They listen to a wide variety of music and use their voice, body and musical instruments to learn about each aspect. In addition to these lessons the children in Key Stage 1 perform a musical show at Christmas and have a weekly singing assembly in which use of voice Is explored through singing a wide range of traditional and contemporary songs.  

In Key Stage 2 we begin to teach children to play a tuned musical instrument. In Year 3 children learn to play the recorder, with them being introduced to musical notation culminating in a performance for parents. This learning continues as they move into Year 4 and learn as a whole class to play the ukulele, with their knowledge and understanding of musical notation continuing to develop.  

In Year 5 and Year 6, music lessons are taught based on the skills of beat, pitch, composition and performance using Music Express sequences of learning.  

Children have the opportunity to perform in massed choirs such as Young Voices and Sing Out and children in Upper KS2 are able to learn to play drums or guitar in small group lessons.  

Impact

Teachers assess children’s progress in music continuously through formative assessment. Regular low-stakes quizzing and retrieval practice activities help children to commit what they have learned to their long-term memory and also supports teachers in identifying gaps in learning and planning to address these.  

At the end of each term teachers assess pupils against their learning from that term and determine whether the child is working towards, at or above age related expectations. 

 

 

Singing

Singing together is an important part of our music curriculum here at Rosedale and each Key Stage has a weekly singing assembly where they build their repertoire of songs as well as developing performance skills. 

We are constantly developing our whole school repertoire so that newer as well as traditional songs are taught. Our current repertoire includes: 

Boom Chicka Boom

Have you brought your whispering voice?

Hello, How are You

Bounce High, Bounce Low

Dr Knickerbocker

Rain, Rain, Go Away 

Happy Song (Sing Out)

Power in Me (Young Voices)