“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.”
(DfE National Curriculum in England: Music, 2013)
At Lightwater Village School, in order to ensure our children develop a passion and curiosity for music, they are taught using the Kapow scheme for learning to ensure that children have access to quality music lessons planned for by experts.
At Lightwater Village School we want to ensure that children have access to subject rich Music lessons which gives them the opportunity to participate in a variety of different musical activities including using their voices to sing; use tuned and untuned instruments. Children will be exposed to a range of different musical styles and encouraged to share their opinions about different pieces of music. They will be able to name a variety of different untuned instruments and begin to create and compose their own music in different styles. They will be confident when performing musically in front of others and recognise how they can improve their performances.
Through EYFS and KS1 teachers use the ‘Kapow’ scheme of work to plan and teach their lessons. This scheme provides a fun, modern way of teaching music for children to enjoy. It also allows staff to teach music confidently and covers all areas of the National Curriculum for music, such as listening and evaluating a range of music styles from around the world. Lessons take a holistic approach to music, where individual strands are woven together. These include performing; listening; composing; the history of music and inter-related dimensions of music, within each lesson.
To enhance the music curriculum within the school there is opportunity for children to join an extra curricular singing club where children learn songs and perform at a range of events. This is run in preparation for the out of school events.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Music scheme of work is that children will:
- Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.
- Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed.
- Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.
- Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Music.
âIn order to measure the impact that the Music curriculum at our school has the following methods are used:
- Termly update of Music skills assessment using Otrack.
- Opportunities planned for children to articulate their opinions on pieces of music
- SWAY online recording of evidence/ comments from children.
- EoU Knowledge Assessment Catchers
- Staff feedback to Music Lead
- Subject lead monitoring
- Pupil voice
- Learning Walks
"Music is instruments and sing songs" - Reception Child
"In music we play some music. Music is when you dance and play songs. You sing in music." - Year 1 Child
Music Lead - Mrs C Humphries