The intention of the music curriculum at Asquith Primary is to help children to feel that they are musical and to develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
Children will develop the musical skills of singing and playing, improvising and composing, and listening and repsponding to music. Through music, they will develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, presentation and performance skills
Asquith Primary School's music scheme takes aholistic apporoach to the subject, in which the strands of performing, listening, composing, history of music and the elements of music are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences.
Over the course of the scheme, children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control. The will learnto recognise and name the interrelated elements of music - pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics - and use these in the own improvisations and compositions.
The school scheme is based around the Charanga scheme, except for in years 3 and 4, where the school benefits from the direction of a specialist music provider, SoundAdvice. SoundAdvice also provide staff training in order to support confident teaching of the school scheme. Children progress in terms of of tackling more complex tasks and doing more simple tasks better.
The classroom lessons are supplemented by a range of extra-curricular experiences including choirs, bands and the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments.
The expected impact of following the music curriculum at Asquith is thatchildren will: