"Music is Life Itself"- Louis Armstrong
At Todwick Primary School all children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence at the same time. They develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras. All children at Todwick Primary school will learn to play an instrument both tuned and un-tuned.
Music is taught as a discrete subject through the Charranga scheme of work but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance also incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances to a variety of audiences, such as Christmas plays and nativities and performing arts festivals, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music. Adult guides and supporting resources are provided with each lesson. However, it is essential that resources are adapted to support the different learning needs of the children in each class.
The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Music is to be used to bring our school community and local community together. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.