Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Parklands Primary School, our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions and musical genres.
Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.
We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music to their own and others’ lives and wellbeing and also the impact music has in the wider community. All children have access to music regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language. SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate fully as music is often an area of the curriculum which allows them to excel. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
It is important for the children to develop their own musical journey through self-reflection, interaction and awareness of others, self-confidence and a sense of achievement.
Children in EYFS have weekly music lessons delivered by class teachers using the specialist music programme Charanga.
Through the Charanga Musical School programme the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. The wide range of core resources have been developed specifically to motivate and capture each individual’s personal interest.
The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.
There are 3 main resource areas: Units of Work, themed Topic songs and activities and instrumental Courses. The Units of Work are the main focal point for the music curriculum whilst the Topics and Courses provide a wealth of extension, enhancement and cross-curricular possibilities and experiences.
The Units of Work are divided into 6 steps, ideal to spread across a half term but can be used more flexibly to suit your school timetable. The activities and games cover the musical dimensions, (formerly elements – pulse, rhythm, pitch etc) through singing and playing instruments, listening and creating music – all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece.
Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Playing various tuned and untuned instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
At the start of children’s journeys at Parklands Primary School, their musical skills begin to develop by singing nursery rhymes and action songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns on tuned and untuned percussion instruments Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.
Children in KS1 and KS2 have one hour, weekly music lessons delivered by music specialists Junior Jam.
Children are provided with a rich and diverse music education which is fundamental to helping to unlock their creative potential. Junior Jam’s music curriculum sets out to allow children a broad range of musical experiences within primary school, giving pupils the foundation to explore their talents and passions.
Junior Jam is designed to teach the whole music curriculum by teaching three core subjects, Music Theory with Keyboards, Songwriting with Glockenspiels and Singing, which are delivered across three half terms throughout the year. The remaining three half terms within an academic year will be instrument focused in order to ensure pupils have the opportunity to perform on a variety of tuned and untuned instrumentation from a wide range of different cultures. Equipment is rotated around the Junior Jam instructors throughout the country ensuring all our schools get a well-rounded mix of instrumentation.
• Music Theory with Keyboards
• Songwriting with Glockenspiels
• Electric Drums
• African Drums
• Class Jam
• Samba Drumming
• Steel Pans
To ensure that the curriculum is progressive and differentiated from year group to year group, the three core subjects your pupils will study are year group specific. Junior Jam provide lesson plans with this intent in mind and with targeted learning for each specific year group.
When pupils commence one of the instrumentation courses, unless they have prior knowledge and experience of the instrument, they will begin by learning the basics of the instrument and will progress through the levels year by year.
At the end of an academic year, pupils will have accessed a wide range of musical experiences and developed their musical understanding in order to continue their musical journey.
Junior Jam have created a full comprehensive curriculum that is implemented across the academic year. As this curriculum is conceptualised and written by Junior Jam, there is full control over how they teach the national curriculum and which year group learns what content. Junior Jam provide the full framework of their content including concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives.
As stated in the INTENT, Junior Jam’s music curriculum is comprised of Core Subjects and Instrumentation Courses.
The three core courses have been developed to contain the majority of curriculum links and foundational knowledge. These courses are year group specific and have been developed in accordance with both the national curriculum for music and the Model Music Curriculum (2021)
• Singing – singing courses are taught to all years. Through singing, pupils will learn about key elements such as pitch and dynamics as well focusing on their vocal health, breathing and posture.
• Music Theory with Keyboards – Music Theory with Keyboards is taught across six levels. Pupils will explore the fundamentals of music using the keyboards to understand elements of musicianship such as melody, harmony and pulse.
• Songwriting with Glockenspiels – Songwriting with Glockenspiels gives pupils the opportunity to explore composition across KS1 and KS2. Within these courses, pupils will also focus on musical listening. Across all levels, pupils will complete a weekly listening time where they will critically listen to a variety of musical examples appropriate for their year group as set out in the Model Music Curriculum.
Through the instrumentation courses, pupils will be given opportunities to celebrate, share and experience musical development and consolidate their learning from our core courses. Pupils will learn about the history and cultural significance of the instruments they are playing and will be able to develop their aural skills. These courses allow pupils performance opportunities within the classroom in order to develop confidence not only within music but across their academic careers.
At the conclusion of each music course with Junior Jam, pupils will reflect on their learning and contextualise their knowledge. The courses enable pupils to explore a broad range of musical elements and develop the tools they need to continue their musical journey in either a listening, composing or performance capacity.
Within their curriculum, Junior Jam understand the importance of monitoring not just progression within music, but also achievement. There are a number of ways that pupils progression and development is monitored and these can be accessed by teachers to evidence the success of the courses.
The impact of courses is measured and evidenced through the following methods:
Junior Jam encourage school staff, whether this be class teachers or SLT, to view musical performances in class which will offer encouragement to pupils in their performance capabilities as well as understanding the class’s performance ability.