Music

The Music Curriculum at Fairstead Primary                                                           Subject Lead: Pippa Baker

Intent

At Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School we aim to provide every child with high quality music experiences which engage and inspire them. We want children to learn an appreciation for a variety of music and different musical styles and provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. We provide children with musical experiences, improving their cultural capital, such as visitors from Classical Music Rocks. We aim for every child to leave Fairstead Primary School with a range of musical skills, knowledge and an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.  We have chosen to use the Charanga scheme to support our curriculum delivery to give children as wide and varied experience of music as possible, whilst supporting staff to deliver lessons confidently. 

 At Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School, we believe that all children are entitled to receive a high-quality of education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the tools and skills needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside of the classroom.” For further information please see our SEND information report and Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy. 

Implementation

In EYFS, our curriculum is based on the EYFS Development Matters document for children from birth to age 5.  It is for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This curriculum is followed throughout Nursery and Reception.

Our teaching is based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Expressive Arts and Design –Exploring and using media and materials. Being imaginative.

In EYFS, children’s creativity will be extended in a variety of ways using their senses, a wide range of media and materials with arts and crafts, exploring music, singing and dance and developing imagination through play.

We aim to interweave all of these areas of learning, giving opportunities for child-led topics and child initiated learning, using both the inside and outside learning environments.

In KS1 and 2, our Music curriculum follows the National Curriculum and incorporates the CQ Essentials Curriculum milestones, allowing children to perform, transcribe, compose, and describe (appreciation). These four ‘threshold concepts’ are woven into the Music units we teach.

Each threshold concept in our curriculum is organised into 3 milestones, each covering approximately two years, giving children opportunity to achieve and master them. We have chosen to use Charanga to support our curriculum delivery to give children as wide and varied experience of music as possible, whilst supporting staff to deliver lessons confidently.

Each half term year groups focus on music from a different style. Children are assessed on how well they are able to meet the milestones within that threshold.  

As well as lessons taught by their teacher, we also have access to external specialist teachers who teach ukulele and woodwind to children in Years 5 and 6. 

Impact

Throughout our children’s journey at Fairstead Primary, their musical skills and understanding are built year on year, from singing nursery rhymes and action songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in EYFS, progressing their skills and understanding in KS1, to further developing their skills and knowledge of the subject into KS2, where the children access music confidently, and have the ability to read and follow a simple musical or graphical score. Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives. Teachers and school staff are constantly assessing children’s progress and understanding through discussion and structured activities, adapting their practice accordingly. Children complete Proof of Progress tasks (POP tasks), usually in the form of a class performance, at the end of each unit in which they can show their knowledge, vocabulary and skills they acquired during the unit.  Floor books are used to collect examples of photographs and children’s verbal contributions.

Music Curriculum Map 2023-24

Music Milestone 1 Learning Journey

Music Milestone 2 Learning Journey

Music Milestone 3 Learning Journey

Contact Us

Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666
Email: office@fairstead.norfolk.sch.uk

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