Bakewell Methodist Junior School Music Policy
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It can act as a vehicle to express ourselves and it can play an important part in the holistic development of people. As music reflects the culture and society we live in, the teaching and learning of music helps to enable children to better understand the world we live in. Music is a creative and enjoyable subject but is also a highly academic and demanding subject. It plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. We support children to develop their skills in the subject, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and form their own judgements about the quality of music.
- Support each child’s development through their engagement in musical activity.
- Provide children with opportunities to develop their skills (including vocal skills) and confidence to perform.
- To give each child the opportunity to explore their own thoughts, interests and abilities.
- To develop skills of composition, performance and appreciation.
- To encourage children to enjoy creating music and enable them to sense both individual and collective achievement.
Teaching and Learning:
At Bakewell Methodist Junior School, we strive to make learning music an enjoyable experience. We encourage children to participate in a broad range of musical experiences through which we aim to build confidence and skills. Singing is a key part of the music curriculum and we focus on developing children’s ability to sing in time and in tune. We teach them to listen to, appreciate and learn from different forms of music. Children learn descriptive skills in music; they learn vocabulary to describe music and think about how it represents feelings and emotions. We teach the skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Children are taught to make music together, understand musical notation and compose pieces of music.
We recognise that children have different abilities, experiences and interests in music and we adapt our teaching to the needs of our children. Music is taught discretely in dedicated music lessons as well as making curriculum links wherever possible. Children also have the opportunity to develop their singing skills during their daily school collective worship as well as each year in the annual school production, during church visits and celebration assemblies.
Each child has the opportunity to have access to ‘Wider Opportunities’ where they learn to play a brass instrument for a year. Children are able to take their instruments home, have access to a specialised music teacher and perform with their peers in performances. Children also have the opportunity to participate in taking part in a range of musical events including attending ‘Young Voices’ each year. Children can join the school choir in preparation for these events. Peripatetic music teachers also visit the school weekly to offer musical tuition including the piano and the flute on a fee-paying basis.
We teach music to all children, whatever their ability as part of our commitment to teach a broad and balanced curriculum to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities that match the needs of all of the children in the class. This can include setting tasks which are open-ended and so can have a variety of responses, setting tasks and providing resources of different complexities, sometimes grouping children by ability and setting different tasks to each group and using teaching assistants to support children’s participation. Music lessons take into account the targets set for children in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
The music curriculum aims to provide equal access for all pupils irrespective of race, gender or disability. Pupils perform and listen to music from a variety of different styles and cultures to develop an understanding of their own and others’ cultural background.
ICT is used extensively in the music curriculum. This includes using the IWB to stream resources from the internet as well as providing a platform for children to appraise their own performance through recording and replaying.
All instruments are stored in the resources room. All classes have access to these instruments. Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard, can play Cds and has access to the piano in the main hall. Teachers follow the National Curriculum and can access resources from publications such as ‘Singing Sherlock’, internet schemes of work and resources from training events such as the ‘Handbells’ scheme of work and resources.
Children demonstrate their ability in music in a range of different ways. Teachers assess each child’s ability in music by making judgements as they observe them during the lesson and on completion of a unit of work. Teachers will give feedback both within lessons and at the end of a unit of work to enable children to make future progress. Children are also encouraged to make judgements about their own work and how they feel they can improve. This information is always shared with parents in the end of year report and can be shared during open mornings and parent consultation evenings.
Health and Safety:
The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies to this subject. We teach children how to follow safety guidelines when using a range of instruments and taking part in performances.
This policy will be reviewed every two years or as determined necessary, for example if there is a change of guidance.