The National Curriculum states that the purpose of music education is to: engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so to increase their self -confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. They should develop a critical engagement with music allowing them to compose and listen with discrimination to the best in the musical cannon.
This statement underpins our intent for music education at Swanton Abbott.
We intend that pupils are inspired to create, perform and engage with music from a wide range of musical genres with understanding, enjoyment and confidence.
We use the QCA units of work for our medium term planning and these are embedded in our rolling curriculum. We feel that these are robust schemes of work which meet the requirements of the NC and are very specific for non-specialists to use. Foundation/Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 also have in weekly singing and ongoing skills practice sessions with the music lead. We have termly music weeks using BBC ten pieces as a stimulus and have performances at Harvest and Christmas for all children and in the summer term for Key Stage 2. All Key Stage 2 children regularly take part in the Norfolk County Music Festival. All Key Stage 2 children learn the recorder.
Children will leave us having experienced the wonder and achievement of performing, will be able to compose simple creative pieces, will have developed skills in playing an instrument and will have a lifelong understanding of music and its essential components.