Hadley Learning Community: Music Curriculum
"The voice is the most accessible universal instrument"
Music plays a central role within the curriculum at HLC Primary and is filled with exciting and enjoyable learning opportunities. Our school mottos: “belong, respect, inspire, succeed and enjoy” lie at the very heart of our Music curriculum offer, along with our curriculum drivers of: “Aspirations, Resilience, Creativity, Community, Culture, and Commitment.” We will develop our pupils’ cultural awareness, their ability to be resilient and ensure that they always strive to aim high and be open-minded about their future musical aspirations. We aim to ensure that relevant learning experiences can be planned to broaden the horizons and experiences of all of our children. Through our Music curriculum we enable our children to recognise and take advantage of opportunities available to them, promoting the concepts of achievement and musicianship.
At HLC Primary, our music curriculum is delivered by both classroom teachers and music specialists, in conjunction with our School Arts Partnership: ‘The Arts Centre Telford (TACT). Music is taught by classroom teachers using the TACT scheme of learning, workbooks and curriculum drivers documents. This allows all pupils to access a wide range of musical experiences from all genres and time periods. The breadth and depth of each of the four curriculum areas are mapped out to show the expected progression through the key stages. Lessons are planned with reference to the relevant threshold concepts: ‘Singing Performing’, ‘Read, Write and Hear,’ ‘Playing and Exploring,’ and ‘Listen and Appraise,’ and our curriculum drivers. Threshold concepts will be repeated and revisited, applied to a variety of different musical situations when addressing the breadth of the curriculum, to develop a greater depth of learning.
Pupils will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great classical composers and modern musicians. Pupils will also learn to sing and to use their voices, especially as we believe that the voice is the most accessible universal instrument. Children will learn to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
In the Early Years, we provide a combination of adult-led, teacher modelled music sessions focussing on rhythm and rhyme as we believe that this is key to our children’s language acquisition and phonic development. We also provide a wealth of stimulating musical resources within our environment that staff use to provoke musical learning through skilful interactions and questioning. We strongly believe that music should be taught from a young age and ensure that it is taught in a logical and sequential manner.
Enrichment opportunities in school include a regular rehearsing choir for our KS2 children, along with our show choir taught by one of our Secondary Music Specialists. Our children also have the opportunity to attend keyboard lessons in KS2 and we have recently encouraged our children to sign up for peripatetic lessons in a variety of instruments, provided by Telford and Wrekin Music Service. We welcome Rocksteady Music School into HLC Primary weekly, and children across the school learn the skills required to play and perform in a band. Performance experiences are also an essential part of the HLC Music approach, these include: seasonal plays and concerts, singing in the local community, Young Voices, Telford Sings, The Big Sing and the annual concert at Hadley Methodist Church, where the children perform alongside the Men’s choir.
Where appropriate, the Music Curriculum is used to enhance the learning in other subjects, for example: counting songs in mathematics, reading rhythm grids and more formal musical notations, putting music into historical contexts, and topic linked songs across the school. We also ensure that Music is used as a powerful tool in PSHE, RE and assemblies.