Robert Piggott Subject Overview: Music
Our pedological approach to teaching this subject in the Robert Piggott CE Schools:
We aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of music to include the development of an understanding of the elements of music: pitch, dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre, texture and structure. Furthermore, we aim to encourage self-expression through music and to develop an awareness of the music of ours and other cultures including an awareness of a variety of musical styles.
We work with the children to develop a range of musical skills including listening, appraising, composing, interpreting and memorising. At our school, we believe the opportunity to be able to play a musical instrument is very important to a person’s development and we also try to develop familiarity with a range of musical instruments. As part of their musical understanding, children are encouraged to explore how music can create moods and feelings and provoke an emotional response.
We use the ‘Charanga” scheme as a basis for most of our music teaching. Through our long-term planning we link the scheme to topics where relevant. In some topics we use additional teacher material to ensure that children receive the best opportunities possible.
During Year 3 and 4, children spend one term learning an instrument with specialist teaching from Berkshire Maestros.
The impact of our Music curriculum can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes
guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and at the end of each unit there is often a performance element where teachers can make a summative assessment of pupils’ learning.
Assessment quizzes and knowledge catchers are used throughout each unit. These can be used at the start and/or end of a unit to measure pupil progress.
After the implementation of our music curriculum, pupils leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.
The expected impact is that children will: