Horsforth Newlaithes

Through our teaching of music, we want to encourage children to enjoy and appreciate a wide range of music styles from different origins and time. The musical stimuli we use must pave way to creativity and specific learning of musical skills. Children should be able to listen and appraise others' compositions using perceptive questions and thought-provoking answers. We want to provide a platform for pupils to have the ability to express ideas and feelings through sound. In turn, it is important that this helps to raise self-esteem and confidence in all children. We want children to realise their individual potential that music has to offer, as well as how this can link to a sense of community, job opportunities and working with others. Here at Newlaithes we want to facilitate a lifelong love of music and musical performance.

Our whole school curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth. They are derived from an exploration of the backgrounds of our students, our beliefs about high quality education and our values. Below is a description of how our four curriculum drivers shape and design the music curriculum in our school.

A long term plan for music across the school has been planned to incorporate the following threshold concepts: performing, composing, transcribing and describing music. When teaching these threshold concepts, the following knowledge categories will be used: tempo, pitch, timbre, dynamics, structure and notation. A key resource in teaching music at Newlaithes is the ‘Charanga’ music scheme. Cross-curricular topic links, ILT foci (KS1) and a project for each year group in KS2 will also be incorporated. The recent development of the ‘Model Music Curriculum’ (March 2021) will provide us with a further document of guidance, song and music suggestions for years 1 – 6 to refer to. The Charanga scheme will be providing more material to link to this new program, which we hope to incorporate into our future planning.

Our long-term plan is progressive and children build on previous skills from year to year. To ensure this, there is a skills focus on two areas of music e.g. tempo and pitch for each term. All year groups focus on the same skills during the same term but the objectives are progressive.

In Reception/KS1 – there is an ILT focus for each year to help avoid repetition and provide opportunities for progression.
In KS2 – a project focus is given which could be delivered in a block of lessons or over the course of a few weeks. This should happen in a half term when Charanga is not being taught. Events happen each term that incorporate music and these are referred to on the plan or reactive to teaching interests and topics.

We work closely with ‘Artforms’, a local music service, and employ a specialist teacher to rotate the teaching of curriculum music across the school and help model and team-teach with teachers where necessary. This teacher will also support the teaching of singing when necessary. In year 3, the specialist teacher delivers a year of progressive ukulele tuition for all children. The children work towards performances throughout the year.

Teachers will continually assess progress made in music lessons by doing the following:
• Observing children working
• Discussing work with the children
• Evaluating compositions which have been notated or recorded
• Questioning children about their work
• Evaluating children’s responses to listening
These assessments will inform planning and provide a useful tool for subsequent teachers. We also use these assessments to understand and identify how the child has developed as a musician.
We want children to leave Newlaithes with a musical knowledge and understanding that excites them and prepares them for the next stage in their learning at secondary school. The skills they have gained should provide them with a platform to further their music practise and enjoyment and enable them to participate fully in lessons. They will have a wide appreciation of music and can, if they wish, pursue their interest at home as well as in school. The opportunities we have provided for group and collaborative musical activities will be useful skills they can carry with them too. The teaching of music in our school should have opened a door to creativity and future possibilities.


Threshold Concepts Knowledge Categories




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