Music

 

Intent

Our vision at Brierley is to engage and inspire children to develop a lifelong love of music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and imagination. We foster the life skills of self-discipline and commitment. Music unites our school and develops a sense of community and Christianity where children feel a sense of achievement and are proud to share their musical skills. Every child has the opportunity to play a musical instrument and listen to and appraise a range of musical artists.

 

The key concepts, themes and principles have been developed from the National Curriculum into our own Brierley School curriculum which is delivered through the use of the Jolly Music Scheme of Work. The Music curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.The Music curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.The music curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all pupils.  It is rich, varied, imaginative an ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners which can easily be adapted for children with additional needs.

 

Implementation

The Music curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.The Music curriculum is delivered in an exciting and engaging way through weekly music lessons, whole school singing opportunities and visits from music specialists.  This allows the children to learn the skills needed to be able to compose, perform and appraise music on a regular basis.  Our music curriculum is flexible so that teachers can easily adapt lessons to meet the needs of all children. 

 

Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument. We offer weekly guitar, brass and woodwind tuition through the use of peripatetic teachers so that children can become specialists in a chosen instrument.  The year 1, 2 and 5 classes are supported by the Wider Opportunities Music Service. Years 1 and 2 learn both singing, through the Kodaly approach, and recorder playing as a means to learning how to read musical notation, while the year 5 children are taught how to play the clarinet.

 

Our music curriculum is also supported and enhanced by the Barnsley Music Service who visit school to perform to the children and teach them about different instruments.

We are very proud of our school choir, which plays an important role in the status of music in school.  The choir has a weekly practice session to learn new songs and techniques which the children perform on numerous occasions both in school and in the wider community.

 

 

Impact

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each music lesson which allows teachers to closely monitor progress and attainment towards the music National Curriculum learning objectives. They then use these assessments to inform planning of future lessons and nurture the musical development of our pupils.

 

The Insight tracking system is used in school to collate and analyse summative assessments in music.  Our assessment systems highlight areas of need as well as children who require more challenge in their music curriculum.

 

Teaching and learning in music is monitored through work scrutinies, learning walks and discussions with children. Pupil voice plays an integral role in this process as it provides teachers and subject leaders with information relating to the views and opinions of children about their music experiences in school.

 

The knowledge and skills that children acquire through the teaching of music at Brierley School equips them for future learning.  It provides them with opportunities to develop a passion for music which can then be transferred into extra curricular activities.