Music at Barnehurst
At Barnehurst, we strive to provide an enjoyable and inclusive curriculum which enables all children to explore a variety of musical genres and instruments. We do this through the Charanga music scheme curriculum, which provides thorough coverage of the National Curriculum for music. We aim to provide singing and performing opportunities for children through choir and assemblies, as well as within the classroom. There are performing opportunities in school productions, as well as external ones in partnership with other schools within the Primary First Trust.
Music offers a creative and natural way to engage with social and cultural aspects of the curriculum, providing children with the means to immerse themselves in a wide variety of music from different cultures. Music is used as a means of exploring feelings and emotions, as well as a way to express own spirituality and thoughts. We aim to provide children with a broad and rich understanding of music as both a means of self-expression and a knowledge-driven subject. Opportunities for excellence in musicianship are given through opportunities to perform as well as create.
The curriculum is delivered through the Charanga scheme of work, comprising of a topic a term in each year group. Each unit of work allows for listening and appraising opportunities as well as performing with voices and instruments such as recorder or Glockenspiel.
We have peripatetic teachers providing lessons for 3 terms a year to Year 1 – 4, and one term a year to Years 5 and 6. There are trust-wide opportunities for singing and performing too.
Assessment is done through careful planning and monitoring of the building blocks within each class, with formal feedback between peripatetic teachers and class teachers done termly. Class teachers feedback to the curriculum subject leader and any actions to be addressed are noted.
At the end of EYFS, children will have had opportunities to explore a range of sounds and rhythms and be able to join in with whole-class singing. They will be confident at expressing their opinions and preferences.
At the end of KS1, children will be confident at exploring and creating sounds made with instruments. They will know that they can create their own music as well as listening to that of others. Children will be confident singers, joining in with whole-school, whole-class, and smaller groups of singers.
At the end of KS2, children will have had multiple experiences of performing, both within and without school. They will recognise, and be able to express opinions about, different genres of music and singing. Children will have found their resilience and well-being improved through performing, able to overcome self-doubt. They will be able to express themselves in a confident manner and be able to encourage and inspire others through their knowledge and experience.