Music Curriculum Statement

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

At West Walker Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Children have access to a varied musical curriculum through the Newcastle Music Service ‘Charanga’ programme, ensuring that all children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In EY and KS1 children learn how to play percussion instruments and in KS2 all children learn to play the recorder in Y3, trumpet in Y4 (one hour per week from an external music specialist) and ukulele in Y5. The children learn how to create notes and sounds, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as during the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances.

The L.A. programme ‘Charanga’ provides the teachers with support and guidance when teaching and assessing attainment in the acquisition of musical knowledge and skills. Children discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also help develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. It is hoped that children will develop a love of music and continue to develop their musical skills and talents as they move through school and into adult life.