The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
Our Bespoke Curriculum
Along with the National Curriculum for Music and the Model Music Curriculum, the Kodály approach to music education has informed much of our curriculum. This approach considers voice as the primary instrument and this is used to develop skill and teach concepts using aural, kinaesthetic and visual methods. This approach ensures that all of our children, including EAL and SEND, have a chance to excel. Due to our spiral curriculum, these skills and concepts are revisited but with greater depth and difficulty year on year throughout the child’s time at Forest Fields.
We have built this bespoke curriculum to make sure that the children have the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the musicians they study. Pupils have opportunities to listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the music of other faiths and cultures. Each unit of work from Y1 to Y6 features a specific style of music and key composers which are linked to the musical concepts, notation and musical instrument learning that the children are doing, thus embedding musical understanding even further.
Music is central to the whole of the Early Years Curriculum. In every area (Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design) you will find songs and music.
Through this daily exposure and their fortnightly music lesson (alternating with the rest of the Expressive Arts and Design curriculum), the children develop Readiness Music which lays the foundations of musical learning that we build on later. These skills are built in a variety of ways through singing and speaking voice, music-based games, experiences with staff musicians and access to a variety of tuned and untuned instruments.
We follow the Jolly Music scheme in Reception which is based upon the Kodály approach to music education. Our Music Specialist works with all EYFS staff to develop Music and Literacy links for Continuous Provision inspired by the books that staff have chosen for their unit of work. Our Music Specialist also provides half termly CPD and mentoring during Staff Meetings for EYFS staff - this is to ensure quality, confident music provision across the board and the development of musicality throughout the EYFS curriculum.
Key Stage 1
Curriculum Music is taught during PPA time weekly by our music specialist. The children have on average 1 hour of curriculum music lessons per week when coupled with their weekly 20 min Singing Assembly.
Pupils are taught to:
Key Stage 2
Curriculum Music is taught during PPA time on a rotation (4 out of 6 half terms) by a music specialist. The children have on average between 1 and 3 hours (but with the potential to exceed 4 hours) of music provision per week when coupled with their weekly 30 min Singing Assembly and our co- and extracurricular music provision offer.
Pupils are taught to:
By the time children leave our school, they will be able to:
What do our children think of music at Forest Fields?