Devonshire Primary Academy Music Policy
Implementation Date: September 2013 Adopted by Governors/HT: HT Review period: 1 year Last review date: September 2013 Person responsible for policy: Miss F Weszka
Devonshire Primary Academy – Music Aims Music is an integral part of the school curriculum providing an important cultural and aesthetic dimension. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils gain progressive musical experiences involving performing, composing and listening and appraising in accordance with the National Curriculum.
Objectives (Taken from the New National Curriculum 2014 and the EYFS Development Matters 2013) Foundation Stage By the end of Foundation Stage, pupils should be able to: ● sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to: ● use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes ● play tuned and untuned instruments musically ● listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music ● experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. Key Stage 2 Pupils should be taught to: ● play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression ● improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music ● listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory ● use and understand staff and other musical notations ● appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians ● develop an understanding of the history of music.
Expectations These objectives will be achieved by: -
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The provision of a Scheme of Work incorporating a teacher support document which revisits the main concepts of music progressively and logically. ● The provision of Charanga music scheme, instrumental and musical material resources. ● The provision of class, group, or individual opportunities culminating in performances for school assemblies, productions and singing evenings. ● The provision of support from the Blackpool Music Service Music Adviser, Andrew White.
Resources The school is equipped with the Charanga Website which includes all relevant planning materials and lesson resources. Singing School and Sing Up books and CDs are also used. I.T. resources such as laptops, apple Macs, Ipods, Ipads and the green screen studio can all be used to assist the teaching of music. The school is well equipped with a wide variety of tuned an untuned percussion instruments. There are also recorders, keyboards, guitars and a full drum kit. These resources are stored centrally in the studio to which all teachers and classroom assistants have access. There is also a sound system available in the main school hall.
Organisation Music is taught as a class lesson, which may incorporate small group activities. Music is also taught during assembly group singing sessions every Thursday, and cross-curricular work to support topic and class assembly activities. Foundation stage have a weekly half an hour ‘Tiddly Om Pom Poms’ music lesson led by a member of the Blackpool Music Service team. Time Allocation – 30 minutes class lesson. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have the choice of learning an instrument with the support of peripatetic teachers for 20 minute lessons. Equal Opportunities It is the responsibility of all teachers and non-teaching staff to ensure that all pupils, irrespective of gender, ability, including gifted pupils, ethnicity and social circumstance, have access to the curriculum and make the greatest progress possible. School is also taking advantage of the Wider Opportunities Scheme to enable children to experience learning a musical instrument. Please refer to school Equal Opportunities Policy. 3
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Monitoring of the policy in operation is the responsibility of the Headteacher. Special Educational Needs All pupils should have access to a broad, balanced curriculum, which includes music. Provision for Extra Curricular Activities All children are to be provided with a choice of extra curricular music activities. These activities include: ● Choir (Year 3-6) ● Rock Band (Year 3 -6) ● Music club (Year 1-2) ● Recorder Club (Year 2) Children will also be given the opportunity to perform in a number of settings. These include: ● The Christmas Festival ● Schools Alive ● St. Thomas church Carol Service ● Devonshire Singing Competition ● Choir of the Year ● African Drumming Festival