At Wigton Moor everyone learns, everyone achieves and everyone matters! We recognise that a high quality music education matters because it can increase self-confidence, boost creativity and give pupils a sense of achievement. Our curriculum ensures that all our pupils sing, perform, compose and listen to a range of musical styles and genres. Through our music lessons, we aim to foster a life-long love of music.
To help us meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music, we do a number of things. Firstly, we use the Charanga Musical School scheme for most lessons in KS1 and for some lessons in KS2. This provides pupils with the opportunity to listen to and appraise different genres of music, to learn about the dimensions of music including music notation, to sing a variety of songs, to perform on glockenspiels and untuned percussion and to improvise and compose. In KS2 pupils also listen to and appraise examples of classical music from different periods in history using resources from the Charanga Freestyle Listening Centre. Secondly, all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 have half a term’s teaching from an Artsforms specialist music teacher with a focus on composing. Thirdly, we are very proud that as part of our no ceiling approach to differentiation, all pupils from Year 2 to Year 4 have weekly recorder lessons for one term, and all pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 have weekly ukulele lessons for a term. These lessons are a further opportunity to teach pupils music notation. Finally, there is a weekly singing assembly for both key stages using material from the Sing Up website. In addition to this, every year group performs a play to parents at some point in the year which always include several songs.
We know that children learn more and remember more because our curriculum revisits many key aspects and we see the impact of teaching in the knowledge and skills pupils demonstrate. Our consistent use of assessment for learning and assessment quadrants means that teachers are always looking to adapt and improve where possible.
Music Long Term Plan