Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At High Halstow Primary Academy, we pride ourselves in delivering high quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This also increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We intend for our pupils to enjoy a dynamic and wide ranging music curriculum, thus increasing their cultural capital.
We use the PYP framework and music curriculum at High Halstow to enable children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at High Halstow Primary Academy and also to their further education and beyond.
We monitor progress regularly through learning walks, book looks and discussions with pupils.
We work with Medway Music Association to ensure that all children across the school are being developed in the following musical skills.
- Listening and appraising
- Singing and musical instrument practise
- Performing and sharing
Working in partnership with MMA allows us to teach music through different genres of music, tailored to the age and stage for that year group. This also allows us to support confident musicians to deliver challenges through differentiated tasks throughout each lesson. As pupils progress through school, they will develop a critical engagement with music.
Singing is a valued musical performing attribute in school. We sing in whole-school assemblies, in our music lessons and in extra-curricular activities. Our school choir perform at a variety of local venues.
Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of each year stating whether children are working towards, at or exceeding age-related expectations. This is then used to make sure all children are continuing to make progress and any children whose levels drop, or increase can be addressed accordingly.
Through the high quality teaching of Music taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.
Through pupil voice, children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in their learning and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and homework and to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic covered in the Transdisciplinary Theme.