At Cononley Primary School, we believe that Music is a unique way of communicating which can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and plays an important role in the personal development of each child. Music reflects culture and society and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. It also plays an important role in helping children feel part of a community.

Music in EYFS

In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’ using a thematic approach outlined in our EYFS Curriculum for Expressive Arts and Design (see EYFS Curriculum). They also have weekly lessons using  a published scheme, Music Express.  

What our pupils will learn in Key Stage 1 (intent):

We use Music Express, a published scheme of work, to deliver the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. The scheme of work builds on the knowledge, vocabulary and skills learned in EYFS and provides a foundation for the knowledge, vocabulary and skills which will be developed further in Key Stage 2. The scheme of work is flexible, creative and makes cross curricular links. The range of resources within Music Express supports teachers who are non-specialists. The music curriculum is organised in a two year rolling programme which takes into account the mixed age structure of our classes. Click on the links below to see the KS1 curriculum and rolling programme. 

What our pupils will learn in Key Stage 2 (intent): 

In Key Stage 2, all pupils are taught by a specialist music teacher and a structured curriculum has been written to meet the needs of our pupils, building on the knowledge and skills learned in Music Express in Key Stage 1. The music curriculum is organised in a four year rolling programme which takes into account the mixed age structure of our classes. Click on the links below to see the KS2 curriculum and rolling programme. 

How our pupils will be taught (implementation):

Key Stage 1, the music curriculum is taught in discrete weekly lessons. A rolling programme is used to ensure that the knowledge and skills are taught to all pupils during the Key Stage, taking account of the mixed-age structure of our classes. Music and singing are also used to enhance other curriculum areas.  

In Key Stage 2,  music lessons take place in rotation with French and PHSE so that pupils are taught each subject on a three weekly cycle (two weeks out of three). There is a rolling programme to take account of the mixed-age structure of our classes.

Progress and Assessment:

Key Stage 1: regular, ongoing observational assessments are made and these contribute to a summative assessment at the end of the year.

Key Stage 2: regular ongoing, observational assessments and assessments of independent work (including quick quizzes, compositions and performances)  contribute to a summative judgement at the end of the year. 

Impact:

Our pupils enjoy singing and creating music with percussion instruments and technology. They engage with different styles of music and are keen to share their opinions. All of our pupils sing regularly in public performances, singing tunefully and confidently and this was recognised when all pupils in Years 4,5 and 6 took part in Skipton Music Festival in March 2019, receiving a certificate of merit.

The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning and through pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.