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Curriculum Leader: Mrs Sarah Brown

Intent: At Pilgrim Academy, our aim is to deliver a high-quality music curriculum that inspires children to become creative and to think and act as musicians.

Through the introduction of a music scheme called Charanga, and by linking learning to a range of thematic topics, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.

'Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity' (The National Curriculum)

We value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.

Our aim is to promote this creativity at an early age in Early Years, through the Exploring and using media and materials module, where children begin learning to sing songs and make music in several ways. For example, topic-based songs, maths and English topic songs and using classroom materials to create instruments to make musical patterns with.

When the children leave and embark on their secondary education, our aim is to have helped young musicians to have:

  • developed their ability to sing in tune and with other people;
  • through singing songs, learned about the structure and organisation of music;
  • learned to listen and to appreciate different forms of music;
  • maintained their concentration for longer and listened to more extended pieces of music;
  • developed descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions;
  • taught them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch;
  • learned how to work with others to compose music and perform to an audience.

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2 Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. This is in the initial phase, having recently purchased the Charanga music programme to support out teaching.

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Andrew Clark BA.