The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Bentinck Primary School we aim to motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music through the provision of a balanced, inclusive and engaging curriculum that ensures the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.
As a proudly multi-cultural school, we aim to allow our students to experience music that reflects a rich diversity of cultures and societies, and enables them to better understand the world they live in. Through shared listening and discussion of musical pieces we encourage pupils to appreciate a broad range of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
We also recognise that music provides a valuable outlet for self-expression, and we offer our students regular opportunities to create, play, perform and enjoy music from a wide variety of genres. Through performance, we aim to increase our students’ self-confidence and creativity and foster a sense of achievement.
At Bentinck music is taught regularly and to a high standard throughout the school year. Pupils are given the opportunity to experience and learn to play a range of instruments including percussion, stringed, woodwind and brass.
In EYFS, music is an integral part of daily activities, with children regularly given the opportunity to experience and appreciate a variety of music and to express themselves musically. Children sing songs to mark the different parts of the school day and sing nursery rhymes and other simple songs daily. Percussion instruments are played regularly, and music is integrated into other learning experiences such as ‘dough disco’. Music is taught through stand-alone lessons and during topic work throughout the year.
In Year 1 children begin to be taught from the Charanga scheme of music, completing one unit across a term. Songs continue to be sung to mark the school day, and music is incorporated into topic based teaching, through singing, appraisal and simple composition.
From Year 2 to Year 6 music skills are taught by an external music teacher (Tom Davies) who focuses on music theory and instrumental skills, as well as instilling a love and enthusiasm for music in lessons. These lessons are currently taught weekly in lower key stage 2 during the Autumn and Spring terms and then weekly in Year 2 for the summer term. In addition to this, weekly lessons are provided to small focus groups of UKS2 pupils throughout the year, with pupils being selected based on their ability in Year 3 and 4.
Alongside this, class teachers aim to use two Charanga units throughout the year, often teaching music or a song related to another subject. This gives pupils the opportunity to appraise and enjoy a range of modern and classical music. Teachers use formative assessment during lessons, identifying where support may be needed and which pupils are excelling. At the end of a unit, pupils are given the opportunity to self-assess their learning; this may be done verbally in EYFS and KS1, whereas pupils in KS2 complete a review/self-assessment of a performance they have given.