Purpose of the curriculum

At Coleshill Heath we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We offer a robust curriculum which is practical, exploratory and encompasses a child-led approach to musical learning. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical understanding of music through listening, composing and analysing. Throughout their school journey children will sing a breadth of repertoire both in regular singing assemblies, lessons and through extra-curricular opportunities. Here at Coleshill Heath we foster the joy of playing musical instruments by encouraging children to be expressive and develop confidence through performance.  

Aim of the curriculum

To perform music as a soloist as part of an ensemble using a variety of musical instruments.

To listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

To sing and use their voices expressively and confidently.

To create and compose music on their own and with others.

To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use technology appropriately.

To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions.

Key Skills in Key Stage 1

In KS1, children use their voices creatively and sensitively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children learn to play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments, experimenting with sound and combining simple beats and rhythms. Children listen to music in every lesson from variety of musical eras, cultures and from around the world, reflecting on how the music makes them feel, act and move.

Key Skills in Key Stage 2

In KS2, musical knowledge is widened by developing an understanding of the history of music and appreciating music from different traditions and cultures. Listening skills are more established with increased attention to detail and aural memory. Children are able to distinguish the relationship between sounds and can confidently use the interrelated dimensions of music. When playing and performing children use their voices and play musical instruments with increased accuracy, control and expression. Throughout their learning journey children will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes and in a variety of styles. Pupils will to use and understand staff and other musical notations.

Music Curriculum Progression

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