Music is an important part of the curriculum at Ratby Primary School. Pupils will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great classical composers and modern musicians. Pupils will also learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The Music Education aims to ensure that all children:
- Sing with a wide range and with a variety of expression
- Sing confidently in parts
- Read staff notation
- Experience playing an instrument in a class ensemble
- Hear a youth or professional orchestra or band live
- Hear a youth, church or professional choir live
In addition, there are opportunities for those children showing musical aptitude to be able to develop their musicianship through singing in the school choir, receiving instrumental lessons through an outside organisation (Rock Steady) or performing as part of a concert.
At Ratby Primary School, our music curriculum is delivered by both classroom teachers and music specialists, in conjunction with our local music hub (Leicestershire Music Hub).
Music is taught by classroom teachers using the Kapow scheme of learning. This allows all pupils to access a wide range of music from across all genre’s and time periods.
Kapow’s Primary scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets outlined in the National Curriculum and the aims of the scheme align with those in the National Curriculum.
Kapow’s Primary music scheme allows teachers to take a holistic approach to music in which the following strands; performing, listening, composing, the history of music and the inter-related dimensions of music are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences. Each unit of work combines these strands within a cross curricular topic designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Children are taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned accurately and with control. They will begin to recognise and name the inter related dimensions of music – pitch, duration, tempo and timbre and use these in their improvisations and compositions.
At Ratby we follow a spiral curriculum whereby previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Children progress by tackling more complex tasks and doing more simple tasks better, as well as developing understanding and knowledge of the history of music, staff and other musical notations as well as the inter-related dimensions of music and more. Lessons incorporate independent tasks, paired and group work as well as improvisation and teacher led performances.
In addition, pupils in Year 4 will be taught to play an instrument, as a class, by specialist teachers from Leicestershire Schools Music Hub throughout the year.