We want to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them in their future lives. We want to ensure that music is an inspiring and engaging experience that enables every child to develop their musical potential and develops an appreciation of the value of music that is deeply personal to them. We want children to have a curiosity for the subject and a respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life.
Within our federation we aim to provide a variety of musical experiences through a curriculum which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being through building up the confidence of all children. Music can impact the way that children feel, think and act; we want music to encourage the body and mind to work together, develop motor skills and allow self-expression.
All of our pupils have access to a weekly music session with a qualified music specialist teacher, Mrs Turvey.
Mrs Turvey plans the weekly music lessons which covers the National Curriculum as a minimum. We aim to go beyond the curriculum and ensure children have a wide range of opportunities.
Our music curriculum provides wide exposure to musical styles and genres from different times and places and promotes the exploration of the language of music through active listening, performing and composing activities. Music lessons progress from reception up to year 6 learning skills such as: listening and appraise, interrelated dimensions of music, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition, perform and share. This approach ensures the children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.
There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge to accompany each unit that sets out exactly how the children progress throughout the year and year on year.
In addition to the music curriculum, children are given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments:
Year 2 – Recorders (perform at Skipton Music Festival)
Year 3 – Violin (perform in school concert)
Year 5 – Ukulele (perform at Skipton Music Festival)
Year 6 – African drumming (perform in school concert)
We have weekly ‘Songs of Praise’ collective worship assemblies where children sing together a range of songs.
In key stage 2, pupils can join the Upper Wharfedale Federation choir led by Mrs Turvey. The children perform in different concerts.
Every fortnight we focus on a different composer. We play their music in collective worship and discuss their music.
As a result of the music curriculum, children at the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation develop a love of music and increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and others’ lives.
Children demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills which they continuously build on and embed.
Through music, children develop the fundamental competencies of confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship.
Children develop an understanding of culture and history in relation to themselves individually, their local music heritage and music from ethnicities from around the world.
We monitor the impact of our curriculum through deep dives, pupil voice exercises, work scrutiny, teaching and learning observations and our wonderful concerts.