Pollington-Balne C of E Primary School
Statement of intent
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils;
At Pollington-Balne C of E primary the intention is to help children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, playing, evaluating, analyzing, singing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Our objective and Pollington-Balne C of E primary is to develop a curiosity of the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the importance of music within the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experience to involve themselves in a variety of contexts. The school is subscribed to the Charanga music service, this service provides everything required for successful music lessons to take place.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate music. This is embedded in the music session taught each week. Each class has one music lesson a week, the elements of music are taught within these lessons, so that they are able to meet the aims of the national curriculum. Children also have access to guitar and piano lessons through local authority music teachers, these are weekly lessons. In the classroom, children are able to learn and experiment with a variety of instruments, this allows children to understand the noises different instruments make, and in time, helps them to identify instruments by the noises they make.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
Children display ability in music in as many ways as there are ways to be involved in music, therefore, the assessment follows a variety of different methods. The teacher will informally assess throughout any creation or rehearsal process, giving oral feedback, and instant methods of ways to improve. Pupils are also assessed individually when performing, as ensemble playing is evidence of achievement. The evidence is in the critical listening of each student, and the audience. Students are encouraged to make judgements about how they may improve their work.
Planning and Resources
The school subscribes to the Charanga music service. All schemes, lessons, plans and resources can be found online. It is the teachers decision as to how they teacher using this resource.
Organisation of lessons
Music lessons are weekly and should last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. There are also weekly lessons for those pupils who take part in guitar and piano lessons, they are usually grouped together for these sessions and are taught by an East Riding of Council tutor.
Christian ValuesAt Pollington-Balne Primary Christian values are at the center of everything we do, therefore we believe the Christian Value of ‘compassion’ to be at the center of the music curriculum. We encourage our pupils to become accepting, tolerant and compassionate towards other individuals or groups of peoples musical abilities, their interests in musical genres and also their reasons for enjoying what they do.