Music at Sir John Heron
“Together We Learn. Together We Achieve” is embedded into all elements of school life and learning at Sir John Heron Primary including in music lessons. Music is an important part of the school’s broad and balanced curriculum. We believe it is important all children have access to a coherently sequenced music curriculum which is relevant to their needs and interests and equips children with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their next stage of education and prepares them for life in modern 21st century Britain.
As the National Curriculum (2014) states: “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”
How Music is Taught
Music is taught through the Charanga scheme of work. Each Unit of Work in the scheme comprises of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities Warm-up Games
- Optional Flexible Games
- Playing instruments
Through their weekly lessons, children learn a range of songs, developing their vocal technique, build upon their instrumental skills, and learn to perform in ensemble. Performances are recorded so that the children can watch them and evaluate what they have done.
Children are assessed against the requirements of the National Curriculum each term.
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