Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Music is an opportunity that allows every pupil to express themselves and that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our aim is to provide a high-quality music education that should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This, in turn, should increase their self-confidence, creativity, sense of achievement and curiosity for the subject, as well as their understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music.
The teaching of music follows the scheme Charanga.
We celebrate our musical talents through our annual Christmas Carol Service and end of year performance. We also sing in class as well as during our weekly singing assemblies. We believe that singing benefits pupils’ language development and increases their self-confidence.
We offer a curriculum which develops the following musical characteristics:
- A rapidly widening repertoire which pupils use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composition and performance work;
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation ad knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise;
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres;
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles;
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately;
- A palpable excitement for a diverse range of musical activities
Our Music Curriculum is of high quality, it is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
Through the child’s journey at Longshaw, their musical skills and understanding are built on each year, from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in KS1, to more advanced techniques skills, and understanding in lower KS2, further developing in upper KS2 where the children can have an experience of playing an instrument and can read and follow a simple musical score. Throughout this, the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.
We further enhance our curriculum by taking part in performances, singing assemblies and professional tuition.
Progression of Knowledge & Skills:
Knowledge & Skills - Y1
Knowledge & Skills - Y2
Knowledge & Skills - Y3
Knowledge & Skills - Y4
Knowledge & Skills - Y5
Knowledge & Skills - Y6
Classics for Kids
BBC Bring the Noise: Play It
BBC School Radio
New York Philharmonic Kidzone