Intent, Implementation, Impact – Music
The Power of Music- Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each
student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great
school. (Department for Education, Model Music Curriculum)
At East Dene our vision is for our children to become independent, confident, successful and life-long learners with high aspirations and the learning agility to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society now and in the future.
In music, we want our children to gain experiences that prepare them for experiences later in life. We want our children to develop a sense of belonging within school and their local area and celebrate the wide variety of people and cultures.
Our music curriculum is developed around the Model Music Curriculum using the Charanga’s scheme for the Model Music Curriculum. This follows a differentiated, spiral approach to musical learning which responds to the national requirements for musical education. Within each unit of learning, students revisit existing knowledge and skills and then build upon and extend them incrementally. In this manner, learning is consolidated and augmented, allowing for increasing musical confidence, while constantly being gently challenged to go further. Staff are encouraged to teach a weekly music lesson.
Children’s cultural capital is then developed further by children taking part in musical instrument lessons. At East Dene, specialist teachers deliver tailored recorder lessons to the Y3/4 pupils. Next year, children in Y5/6 will be having whole class Ukulele lessons. The children have an opportunity to become a member of the school choir, which gives all year groups a chance to come together to make ever lasting memories. The children are also going to be taking part in numerous musical activities outside of school. This will include One Voice, Young Voices, Big Blast and singing in the community.
The impact of our music curriculum links with our school value of ‘We can and we will’. All our children are given an opportunity which they can build on later in life. This will give all our children an opportunity to build on their musicianship of singing, listening, composing and performing.