Music Subject Leader: Mrs J Wanmer
Music is a huge part of our lives today and it is so important for children to experience and learn about it. Our aim is for our children to learn about the different genres of music, and how music is entwined within our varied cultures, history and our emotions.
Our pupils will be exposed to technical terms within music and begin to learn to read sheet music. We would like every child to have the opportunity to learn to play instruments, express themselves through music, and listen to and experience live music.
For any more information on Holy Trinity’s Music Curriculum, please contact the office.
At Holy Trinity Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music from varied cultures, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence. We ensure music permeates through our curriculum through taught lessons, hymns in worship, extracurricular clubs and the celebration of our diverse school community.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the daily hymn singing, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the music curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning.
Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with opportunities to review, remember, deepen, and apply their understanding. In the classroom, children learn how to play the recorder and a variety of percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic musical notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music.
Children will develop an understanding of the different components of musical structure and will be able to enjoy music as a listener, creators or performers.
Children will be able to identify music from different historical periods and discuss the similarities and differences of various musical genres.
Children will be confident when performing and will develop a sense of achievement from being part of the school choir or production.
Music in Each Stage
In EYFS, music is taught expressively through other subjects and through a music based lesson. Children will learn a range of songs by memory and perform together. Children are taught to match instruments to their sounds, and use technical vocabulary to describe music. They clap rhythms and learn to move rhythmically, keeping time with music. They listen to a wide range of genres of music to develop an appreciation for the diversity and variety of music in the world.
Pupils are taught to use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will play tuned and untuned instruments, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions.
Pupils will be able to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression. They will improvise and compose music using the interrelated dimensions of music separately and in combination. Pupils listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They will be able to use and understand the basics of the stave and other musical notations, appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions, musicians and composers, and also develop an understanding of music history.
At Holy Trinity, we develop our pupil’s Musical understanding through essential skills; growing their depth of knowledge year after year.
Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Music curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.