Music plays a very important role in every child’s experience at St Clement’s and St John’s CE Infant school, and is fully embedded in school life, from singing together in Acts of Worship to performing for different audiences across a year, including nearly a thousand people at our school celebrations.
All children in school contribute to composing, performing, singing, instrument playing, listening and appraising, and every child performs music to a high level to the whole school, teachers, governors and parents at least once during the school year.
Our four living values: Confidence, Compassion, Creativity, and Curiosity, our four learning values: Resourceful, Reflective, Reciprocal and Resilience, and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development are explored and developed naturally and enthusiastically through music, both within the music curriculum and in whole school settings and opportunities.
We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; providing both structured knowledge and skills and a creative curriculum.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
National Curriculum, 2014
The aim of teaching Music at our school is:
At St Clement’s & St John’s Infant School, the Early Years Framework (2021) and the National Curriculum are at the core of our music curriculum, which is taught through the Kapow Primary Music Scheme.
Kapow Primary reflects the guidance laid out within the Model Music Curriculum (MMC) released by the DfE in March 2021. Kapow Primary’s music scheme provides a progressive programme of study for music which covers all aspects of the statutory National Curriculum.
The children receive a 45 minute music lesson each week as well as daily opportunities to sing within Worship sessions and other subject areas such as Maths. There are five or six units to be covered in each Year Group each year, one per half term.
In EYFS, the Kapow Primary Music Scheme of work aligns with the EYFS Framework, covering basic musical skills such as pulse-keeping, inventing rhythms, singing and moving to music. These skills fully prepare the children for the KS1 Music Curriculum.
At KS1, the Kapow Primary Music Scheme of work aligns with the National Curriculum and develops children's knowledge and skills within all four areas of learning defined within the MMC: singing, listening, composing and Musicianship. In a progressive manner, building upon the knowledge and skills learnt within EYFS, the children will develop an enjoyment of singing and an ability to sing in tune, using songs from the MMC song repertoire. Additionally, they will listen to a wide range of songs and musical pieces reflective of their stage of development. Children will learn to create sequences of sounds in response to a variety of stimuli, using their voices and tuned and untuned instruments.
We aim for all children to achieve age related expectations or above in music at the end of KS1.
We aim for all children to have a solid foundation of skill, creativity and enjoyment of music, based on the National curriculum expectations. They will each have had ample opportunity to:
The outcomes of the teaching of music across the school can be seen in Year group performances to wide audiences, such as
Outcomes also seen in displays of musical poetry supporting reading and writing such as
The assessment of music in EYFS and KS1 is ongoing. The teacher regularly assesses individual pupils in the areas of singing, rhythm, effort, teamwork, and creativity.
There is a bank of video clips of group performances from each year group showing the start and end of topics, and year on year progression. This information then informs planning, lesson activities and differentiation.The music leader uses these outcomes and learning each year when training teachers to teach music.