At Havannah Primary School it is our intent to provide the best start in life for all pupils in our care by providing a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum.
Music is a universal language that encourages creativity and expression. At Havannah Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience by providing a high quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences in order to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they engage critically with music – They are provided with opportunities to compose, to listen and appreciate a wide range of music and develop their musical vocabulary in order to speak about the subject in the correct form ·
The curriculum for music has a particular focus each term. which is directly linked to the topic The lessons are broken down into key themes, behaviours and knowledge to ensure progression throughout the school. Lessons are taught weekly in each year group and in weekly phase groups in KS2 to focus on the performance aspect of music.
All pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a percussion instrument in KS2 and are encouraged to take it home weekly to practise. This begins in Year 3 and 4 where pupils learn to play the recorder.
In KS2 the music focus is based upon learning key language, developing critical listening skills and becoming more confident to perform in class and in in whole school performances,. All children learn to play a musical instrument.
A significant person in music is introduced to the pupils through topic or a particular genre of music to ensure that their experience of music is broad. For example pupils in upper KS2 will study the music of Vera Lynn and how her musical recordings and performances lifted spirits in World War Two. Pupils in lower KS2 will study the music performed at Medieval banquets and how different moods and feelings were created by it.
There are opportunities to join a whole school choir, to perform in the wider community and to show case musical talents in a whole school talent show.
Learning ladders are used throughout the school to identify the next steps of learning, ensure progression and curriculum coverage. These are:
- Understanding and Reviewing