At Milking Bank Primary School, we aim to provide children with a high-quality
education in Music, which develops their appraising, historical knowledge,
composing and performing skills. They will consistently be given opportunities to
be critical and creative within music in order to develop their skills as young
We intend for children to listen to a wide range of music, from different
genres, across different eras. This gives them the opportunity to think
critically about what they are listening to. As well as this, it allows them to pick
up key features of genres of music which they can later use in their own music.
Enabling them to listen to music across time, from the past to the present,
gives them the opportunity to understand how music has developed and changed
as a result of events of the time.
We also intend to give children the opportunities to compose their own pieces
of music. This will give them the opportunities to be creative and explore their
use of sounds. They will be able to work both individually and as part of a group
to create their own pieces of music.
With regards to performing, we intend to give children as many opportunities as
possible to perform together in order to develop their confidence. This may be
a range of pre-composed songs, which they can perform in their own style or
recreate, or songs which they have composed themselves.
The aims are embedded within our Music lessons and opportunities are provided
as part of the wider curriculum. We plan activities to build upon a child’s prior
learning, whilst giving children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their
skills, knowledge and understanding. Through the use of Chris Quigley’s milestones we plan for progression throughout the school so children have the opportunities to further develop themselves as musicians as well as challenge themselves.
Within our whole class teaching, children experience a wide range of musical
opportunities with regards to appraising, composing and performing. They
explore a wide range of music. As well as this, a love of music is promoted to
include all of these skills from both staff and children.
Children in year 4 have group instrumental teaching, by music specialists, as part of their music curriculum. They learn how to play either the cornet or clarinet.
Having access to a broad range of instruments gives the children a wider experience and gives them the opportunities to explore their musical skills.
Furthermore, all children have the opportunity to explore their skills further through peripatetic music teaching if they wish.
As part of our wider school life, we also use cross-curricular opportunities to
explore our love of music and musical skills further. We also give children
access to a range of extra-curricular activities such as: Music themed visits, choir, orchestra and the annual Young Voices concert.
The children at Milking Bank Primary School will have developed a love of music,
including composing and performing. Their skills will have progressed in order to
have made good progress against the National Curriculum objectives.
As well as this, they will have had the opportunities to participate in a range of wider opportunities for music. Music has also been seen to have had a positive impact on well-being and the activities they have participated in should have had apositive impact on their mental health.