At Tutshill C of E Primary School, we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum ensuring that children participate in a range of creative, engaging and challenging musical experiences from EYFS to Key Stage 2. This is delivered through our seven core Christian values and supported by our learning behaviours which help to develop the skills to become resilient, evaluative, reflective, curious learners with the ability to take risks, develop a love of learning and believe in their own potential. We want our pupils to meaningfully explore musical styles and traditions within our teaching adding to their cultural capital, by not only studying the great composers and musicians but also learning about and listening to an extensive range of music from around the world and from different cultures! Pupils will also: sing, play tuned & untuned instruments; listen to recorded and live music; compose and improvise using the interrelated dimensions of music. At KS2, the children learn to understand music history, and use and understand staff and other notations.
At Tutshill, Music is taught as a discrete subject using the scheme ‘Music Express’ but also across the curriculum. At EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils receive a minimum of one-hour curriculum music teaching a week; sometimes taking the form of short sessions spread across the week. In Year 4, children participate in a whole-class instrumental programme (WCET) lasting one term, supported by teachers from the local Music Education Hub. During lessons taught by the class teacher, an ABCDE approach (Metacognition) is taken, as with other subjects across the curriculum. In this way, we teach the children to activate their learning, ‘buy into’ the idea being taught, coach each other and be coached by the teacher, practise the skill and later evaluate pupils’ own learning. A weekly singing assembly at our local church allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays, nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extra-curricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.
The impact of teaching Music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of Music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extra-curricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in Music lessons develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.