Music at Dulverton
Music at Dulverton is an integral part of the curriculum. Pupils are immersed in music from the moment they step into their music lesson. It is my goal as the music teacher at the school to share my passion for music and to give the children as many opportunities as possible to perform and to see music in different settings. Children at Dulverton are taught the Inter - related dimensions of music in every lesson such as pitch, pulse, rhythm, texture, timbre and are confident in using this vocabulary when describing music.
At Dulverton children have the opportunity to play a wide selection of classroom instruments in every single year group from Reception to Year 6. The School choir will be attending the Young Voices Concert at The O2 Arena in May, and there are many children in Key Stage 2 who are participating in peripatetic music lessons from visiting music teachers in these instruments: Violin, Piano, Guitar, Drum kit, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone.
Intent, Implementation & Impact
|At Dulverton, we aim to provide all children with accessible music lessons and provisions, to support every child’s creative development. We encourage children to develop and extend their performing, composing, appraising and listening skills through the teaching of music by our specialist teacher. We use and adapt the Charanga scheme to provide a tailored musical curriculum to suit the needs of the children here at Dulverton, whilst teaching them to play instruments such as recorder, ekele and piano. Children also have the opportunity to further their musical development through peripatetic tuition by a specialist music teacher.
The way in which we facilitate our intent and ensure children are receiving the best quality music tuition include:
- Sectioning our objectives into half-termly units. The half-termly units are organised to ensure progress is made throughout the year and that children are building on prior knowledge.
- The half-termly units also have some links to cross-curricular learning in other subjects and events that take place throughout the year, such as Harvest Festival and Christmas.
- Key skills are taught, refreshed and reapplied yearly to ensure the children are making progress suited to their age and ability.
- Differentiated instrumental work is provided to ensure children move through relevant parts of their development to suit their ability.
- Long term plans outline the intentions of the curriculum and ensure coverage of the National Curriculum objectives for each year group.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- In order to meet the aims of the National Curriculum, KS1 children will be taught to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
And children in KS2 will be taught to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
As well as structuring the teaching of music to ensure we are providing the children with the best musical education possible, we are proud to offer extra musical activities.
- Peripatetic lessons are available to children and are taught by specialist music teachers, to offer children the possibility to extend their musical ability.
- We have a KS2 choir, where children have the opportunity to use their voices and perform in a group or solo, in front of different audiences.
- Christmas productions, Harvest festival and Easter celebrations are a few of the opportunities we host yearly, where performances are held for parents to watch their child/children show off their musical talents.
- We have weekly achievement assemblies and children volunteer to show off their musical talent to the school.
The quality of learning in Music is evaluated through reflecting, rewinding and replaying key skills at the end of each year. Each unit of work is assessed by the music specialist to establish the success of taught subject knowledge. Lesson observations and pupil voice also help us to evaluate the attainment and engagement in music lessons. Children’s understanding can be shown through in class performances, instrumental practise and compositions.
Children receive a widely accessible Music curriculum here at Dulverton, which encourages them to develop their own musical expression. They are exposed to a variety of musically inclined and memorable experiences.
Please click here to see Music's Progression of Skills KS1 2021-2022
Please click here to see Music's Progression of Skills KS2 2021-2022