Throckley Primary School Music Overview.

Purpose of study

At Throckley Primary School we aspire to give pupils a fun and engaging music curriculum that builds on prior knowledge focused on the inter-related dimensions of music. Staff work closely with specialist music practitioners to produce a highly enriched curriculum. The aim is to inspire and challenge all pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to develop a love of music. As pupils progress they should develop an engagement with music, exploring and listening to a range of famous composers and performers and developing their composing and improvisation skills. Pupils are also given opportunities to develop their singing and performing skills in a range of supportive and encouraging environments. Our music curriculum has been developed in a way that includes the drivers and concepts that sit behind all our learning across school. Children are inspired to achieve by learning about significant individuals within the field of music. They broaden their musical horizons by learning about music throughout time, and across the globe. Children will also learn about music that is special to the North East of England, and its belonging, and influence, in the world of music.

Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres,

  • styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 

Subject content Key stage 1 

Pupils in Key Stage One will be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically

  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

  • Children will learn about significant people from around the world that are linked to the musical genre/focus they are studying. These significant people include those from the North East of England such as Sting, The Animals, Dire Straits, Lindisfarne and Little Mix. 

Key Stage Two

Pupils in Key Stage Two will be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

  •  improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

  •  listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

  •  use and understand staff and other musical notations

  •  appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

  • develop an understanding of the history of music including significant individuals linked to the topic they are studying. Children will learn about the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and their link to civil rights movements.

  • Children will also learn about British Rock and its place in history focusing on bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Specials and Oasis.