Music Curriculum Statement
At Harefield Primary School, we deliver the Music curriculum, following the National Curriculum.
Our Music curriculum’s intention is to provide our pupils with a range of musical experiences, where they can develop a real love for music as a whole, through both musical history and singing, performing with instruments, listening, improvising, composing, notation and appraising.
We tailor and put greater emphasis on specific themes, in response to our pupils needs. For example:
- Our catchment area is one of the most deprived in Southampton and the economic cost of music tuition and instruments is unaffordable for many. Having considered this, in addition to pupil voice and current popular culture, we have found that our pupil’s value singing knowledge and skills highly, which does not need costly equipment to practice outside of school, so we have put a greater emphasis on singing.
- In addition, we are currently trialling partially funding a Rock Band extra-curricular club in Yr 4 so that our disadvantaged pupils are given equal opportunities to learn an instrument and receive an enriching musical experience.
Our whole curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced and Music follows this consistent design, effectively adapting and developing to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities and those that are disadvantaged.
Our Music curriculum is taught by the class teacher, who will first revisit prior learning. We return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long-term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new knowledge. This is through an approach of clear modelling and scaffolding of new concepts. The pupils will then practise applying this knowledge in a group or individual task and have opportunities to deepen their understanding with reasoning and explanation.
We use key CONCEPTS that are thread through our Music curriculum, from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.