Music teaching at Highfield Junior and Infant School aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. We want our children to develop a lifelong love for music; developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to become confident, performers, composers, and listeners.
Music teaching at Highfield is delivered through use of the Charanga scheme of work. Teachers follow the suggested scheme of work from Reception– Year 6. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units and an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology.
Using Charanga, we ensure a a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. This is a spiral curriculum where all objectives are worked on in all year groups and units of work gradually increasing in difficulty as the children progress through the year groups.
Each unit follows a sequence of learning: listen and appraise, interrelated dimensions of music, singing, playing Instruments, improvisation, composition, perform and share. Through this, each year group explores different styles of music. This approach ensures the children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.
All children will study music for at least 30 mins per week.
In the classroom students learn how to play an instrument- the recorders in Year 2 and Year 3 and variety of instruments in Year 4. This is then built upon with increased difficulty in Year 5 and Year 6. In doing so they understand the different principles of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.
At Highfield, all children will receive a high-quality education which inspires a love for music which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
As outlined in the National Curriculum a Highfield we provide ‘ 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.