Music is a unique way of communicating, that can inspire and motivate children. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
At Sandon JMI School, children gain a firm understanding of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed.
Our curriculum is based on the ‘Charanga’ scheme which has been adapted to create our own Sandon Scheme of Work. Our whole school scheme incorporates additional resources together with professional subject knowledge which ensures that children are involved in activities that develop their skills of listening, singing, playing, performing, analysing, evaluating and composing. They also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of musical terms and notation.
The Sandon School Curriculum Coverage enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. We believe that learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills (Children know more and remember more). The strands of musical learning are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established skills and concepts. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts as well as learning something new.
In our music teaching at Sandon JMI School:
- We ensure that children are introduced to a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres
- We plan for children’s musical progression of knowledge and skills across the school
starting with EYFS where we have daily singing and rhyme sessions. Within these sessions, the children learn core rhymes, raps and poems. This equips children with the musical foundations ready for KS1
- We encourage children to express their feelings and emotions through music
- Children work collaboratively and perform in class, within assemblies, in instrument bands and choir
- Children come together for musical collective practises with two assemblies per week. Both assemblies involve the interweaving of the inter-related dimension of music. Our assemblies include:
i) A whole school singing assembly - an opportunity to come together, sing and enjoy music as a whole school
ii) A KS1 & 2 assembly – Where we explore particular topics including the history of classical music and other genres, listening, appraising, experimenting with musical instruments and of course performing. Children who learn a musical instrument are encouraged to demonstrate new talents. This is also an opportunity for children to listen to music as well as acknowledge and respect the opinions of others.
- Competitions - in July 2022 our children entered into a Young Composer Competition. The idea was a suggestion made by one of our pupils who wanted to be added to our Classical Music History Timeline. All those who entered were very creative. The winning entries have been added to our hall timeline as an inspiration to others to experiment with composition.
- We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community. We participate in local events playing musical instruments or singing. We have performed at the local Jubilee Celebration, Sandon Village Fete and Baldock Festival this year. We are getting ready to perform in our local church for: Harvest, Remembrance Service and Nativity. Christmas is a time to come together and we will be inviting the local community and adult choir (hosted at Sandon JMI School) to visit us and share their love of singing. We also encourage the opportunity to sing with others schools and in 2023 our choir will be performing at the O2 alongside many other schools.
- Visiting Musicians: This year we have had the opportunity to learn about operatic music through the Baldock Arts Council and also played alongside a local ukulele orchestra (Laluke) who will be returning for a Christmas playathon.
- We work collaboratively with music providers such as Hertfordshire Music Service
- We achieved our Music Mark in 2021 and we have entered for 2022.
- We understand the importance of musical therapy for children with additional needs and to support emotional wellbeing.
Whole School Curriculum Overview (2 Year Rolling Programme). This year we are on B Year.
Curriculum coverage document
The diagram above depicts the depth of learning that occurs as the children move through the year groups. As they progress, the colour deepens and the learning widens.
A guide to musical vocabulary: keywords and vocabulary document