Our Music subject lead is Mrs Mahon.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School our music curriculum encourages children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We aim to provide our children with an understanding of how music is created, produced and communicated alongside experiencing a variety of musical performances and instruments. They will develop as singers through composing and performing individually and as a group. We aim to expose them to a variety of musical genres whilst learning musical vocabulary. Pupils in our school generally have good skills relating to singing, however they have limited access to live music and seeing/hearing a range of instruments. Our curriculum addresses these limitations as we seek to inspire in our children a desire to perform.
During EYFS and Key Stage One, children are provided with plenty of opportunities to make different sounds using tuned and untuned instruments. Classroom environments are supportive and provide a platform upon which the children can experiment, perform and improve, developing resilience in line with the school’s values.
Music at Tow Law Millennium Primary is taught in blocks or weekly lessons as appropriate throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. The subject coordinator, alongside teachers, have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic based on the national curriculum and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics and year groups. We follow the ‘Charanga’ scheme and within this consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion and equality. Alongside Charanga, we are getting input from Durham Music Service throughout the academic year, which enhances the children’s learning and gives them the opportunity to learn to play a tuned instrument in class lessons or through small group work. The coordinator will continue to support staff’s subject knowledge to ensure a good music curriculum is being taught throughout school. Where required, CPD is provided to staff members to increase confidence and knowledge of musical teaching. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, music is incorporated into daily routines to ensure pupils experience is widened.
At Tow Law Millennium we strive for children to understand the relevance of what they are learning within music and to enjoy their musical experiences. We ensure they experience performances from others as well as performing themselves. At Tow Law Millennium, the monitoring of foundation subjects is carried out following the whole school annual monitoring programme. Recordings of performances are recorded regularly throughout units and placed in central location. The subject coordinator also monitors progress, evidence and pupil voice termly.
Please follow this link to view our curriculum policies.