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CofE Academy and Nursery

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Why do learners at The Nethersole Church Primary Academy need to study Music?


We believe that our students need to study Music as it offers them a unique opportunity to learn a specific set of knowledge and skills through a positive, creative and remarkable experience.


Music provides learners with the opportunity to develop practical and aural skills, while engaging with a wide range of music from different cultural and historical backgrounds. Through composition, learners are provided with a platform in which they can have artistic license, putting their own stamp and individual creativity into a piece of music. With a wider range of opportunities to perform newly learnt musical skills, Music can help build confidence and find joy in learning.


Music inspires children to develop a life-long hobby, which can provide them with the opportunity to “Let their light shine” through both solo and ensemble performances. As a Methodist school, ‘singing the praise’ enables children to share in the joy of music during reflections and celebrations with the school community.


At our school, we use the 'Charanga' scheme as the basis for our teaching, which provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.


Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Appraising
2. Musical Activities
    a. Warm-up Games
    b. Optional Flexible Games
    c. Singing
    d. Playing instruments
    e. Improvisation
    f. Composition
3. Performing


Please see the sequence of work below for a more detailed breakdown.



What are the aims for the Music curriculum?


Every child will learn to listen to Music carefully and be taught to consider how it makes them feel, listening with attention to detail, and be able to provide an opinion on a range of music from different genres and times. Through collective worships – where we praise in song – we want the children to be able to aurally recall music, performing vocally in tune and with accuracy. The children will be exposed to a range of music-specific vocabulary, which they will be encouraged to use when participating in reflections and discussions.