At Whittingham Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing. This is integrated 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, acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as having other opportunities like singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect and understand how music is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
Music enables children to 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. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive.
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