Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We are extremely proud of our high-quality music curriculum at Shotley Bridge Primary School: we engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.
The music curriculum at Shotley Bridge Primary School will give every child the opportunity to explore their creative ability. It will provide them with experiences to express themselves and share their own musical talents, whilst appreciating and respecting one another. Our children will understand that their skills to persevere and be confident to take part will develop their talents regardless of their musical ability. We aim to provide our children with opportunities to become independent with taught skills and compose basic pieces of music, as well as thinking about how different music makes them feel. Foremost, we will ensure our children are provided with engaging and exciting music lessons to encourage them to have a love and appreciation for music.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Shotley Bridge Primary School the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build the confidence of all children. Our teaching will focus on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children will learn the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and appreciate different forms of music. They will be given opportunities to develop their descriptive language skills, when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We will also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to use these terms when discussing music. Extracurricular opportunities are available within school, such as singing opportunities in assemblies and brass and string lessons.