Music has the potential to spark a child’s imagination, and to help to develop their self-confidence and creativity. It can also give children the tools to express themselves in different ways.
Here at The Phoenix Federation, we want to foster in our children, a life-long love of music, and to help them understand and accept the important role that music plays in all our lives.
Through our music curriculum, we aim to help children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners, as they will be able to apply them across the curriculum, as well as in their general lives outside and beyond school.
Our curriculum focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners.
It also introduces children to music from all around the world and teaches them to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities. In line with our Tackling Race Inequality in Education Pledge, we are embedding race equality into our listening programme, in order to ensure that all our children see themselves and their families reflected in the music they study.
Our main teaching resource is Kapow. This is because Kapow offers:
• a comprehensive scheme of topic-based units of work
• easy-to-follow lesson plans which cover the skills that children need to learn
• CPD videos for teachers to watch before teaching each lesson
All classes from Years 1 – 6, have a Key Stage singing session every week. Whole-class instrumental tuition will continue to be provided by the Lewisham Music Service for targeted year groups in KS2. Bucket drumming will also be taught by class teachers in Years 3 – 6.
Ongoing assessment activities are built into each topic, and there is usually an element of performance at the end of the unit. Teachers will assess and record children’s attainment against the key skills being taught.
By the time our children leave The Federation, we want them to:
have a genuine enthusiasm for singing and music, and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences
be confident composers and performers who can express themselves musically
show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world, and understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed
understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities
meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the music national curriculum