Article 31

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen to music with discrimination.

We are a Rights Respecting school and aim to plan opportunities for children to understand and reflect on the ‘UN convention on the rights of the child’ (Unicef). Teacher’s planning includes articles which relate to music.

We aim to ensure that all children

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.
  • are taught to sing, create and compose music.
  • understand how music is created, produced and communicated.

Implementation

Teaching and Learning

At Wolviston Primary we make music a very enjoyable learning experience. We hope to provide a relevant and challenging curriculum for music for all pupils and use music to enhance learning across the curriculum. Through providing a variety of musical experiences we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of our school and everyone is involved in weekly singing practice as well as singing in whole school assemblies. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure, organisation and different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach children to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.

Key Stage One children are currently participating in the First Thing Music Scheme provided by Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS).This involves teachers being trained on how to teach singing then applying these skills in the classroom. A music specialist also makes a short visit to school once a week. Class 4 are having ukulele lessons and Class 3 are having drumming lessons.We have a range of music equipment and resources that can easily be moved around the school.The full range of activities in music will be made available to all children, irrespective of race, gender or physical disabilities. Where children have a degree of physical, sensory or behavioural difficulties they should be encouraged to participate in such activities with the required help from others or support staff.The Subject Leader will actively support the teaching of music by encouraging staff and continue to organise various music activities and learning opportunities in school.

Impact

Teachers will assess children’s work in music by making informal judgments during lessons as children demonstrate their ability in music in a variety of different ways. Teachers assess the work and give oral or written feedback as necessary to inform future progress. Older pupils are encouraged to make judgements about how they can improve their own work. Assessment is done by observing children working and performing, by listening to their responses and by examining work produced.

Music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. We provide opportunities throughout the year for our musicians to perform for the school. This includes solo and ensemble performances as part of assemblies and Celebration Performances. Our children sing carols at Tesco and for the village at Christmas. This recognises their achievements and celebrates their success.

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