At Westfield Primary Academy, we aim to support all children to see themselves as musicians. Through our music curriculum, children gain a firm understanding of what music is by 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 of a range of different genres of music and their different features.
It is through these features that children come to understand how music can be used to express themselves and their emotions. Pupils are encouraged to experiment, through improvisation, composition and in using a range of instruments, to find different ways in which to be creative, while at the same time finding a way to demonstrate their emotions in a constructive manner and relate to others.
We aim to provide children with the opportunity to confidently progress in their creativity and expression along with working with other pupils.
Aims of the Music Curriculum
The national curriculum for music in Key Stage 1 aims to ensure that all pupils:
use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
play tuned and untuned instruments musically
listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
In Key Stage 2 the curriculum develops this knowledge and skills further to ensure all pupils:
play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
develop an understanding of the history of music.
At Westfield Primary Academy, we believe that children should be given the skills to become effective and successful Musicians. We aim to build children’s musical skills through the six main areas of musical understanding:
Listen and Appraise
Our music curriculum ensures that pupils are taught the key musical knowledge and vocabulary and these terms and knowledge are revisited and interwoven throughout units in each group enabling pupils to build upon and embed their understanding through spaced practice retrieval.
At Westfield Primary Academy, we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme from Reception to Year 6 which provides an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The scheme explores the interrelated dimensions of music across each unit to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
In Year 4, pupils receive music tuition through Suffolk County Music Service to learn an instrument including how to read musical notation. Suffolk County Music Service tutors link their sessions to Charanga to enable pupils to extend their learning at home and provide local music celebration opportunities for pupils to perform in public. In Years 5 and 6, children are offered the opportunity to continue learning their instrument through Play On. We also support music beyond the curriculum through wider school and community events and our school choir, The Westfield Warblers.
Please click on the attached documents to view the Intent and Implementation of our Music Curriculum.