Music at North Wootton Academy
First and foremost, we aim to develop a love of music both in respect to its appreciation and its creation.
In supporting this, we aim to ensure that pupils develop a competence in reading musical notation and using this whilst developing a competence with key instruments with each phase focusing on a particular instrument:
- Key Stage 1 – Recorder
- Lower Key Stage 2 – Glockenspiel
- Upper Key Stage 2 – Ukulele
We aim to ensure that pupils have sufficient understanding and language of the dimension of music (tempo, timbre, pitch) and can use these to discuss and appreciate a range of outstanding musical pieces throughout history.
We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and British culture and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.
These skills are in addition to the development of the children’s voice as an instrument and retaining a core knowledge of traditional songs from UK culture.
All pupils complete a weekly music lesson in addition to singing assembly; it is also expected that key pieces of music and songs to be learnt will be spread throughout the teaching week.
To ensure that teachers have sufficient subject knowledge, the school uses Charanga Music and tries to ensure that the subject is taught by key members of staff who can specialise within the subject.
In addition to the planned curriculum, additional opportunities are provided for those who have a particular interest within the subject through private music lessons within the school focusing on a range of instruments: keyboard, recorder, ukulele, violin and singing. This has also been extended into the school choir, who learn songs from the 1940’s to the 1960’s in order to provide community service within the local dementia home.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied program which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection.
Key Performance Indicators and quizzes are used to track the development and knowledge of our pupils' musical ability with video evidence recorded within e-portfolios in order to evidence level of ability being developed. These key assessment points will be reviewed within this academic year as the school moves towards focusing upon key instruments.