Intent of Music curriculum
At Roebuck Academy the intention is that children gain an understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We want a curriculum where children cover the different elements of music, learn important vocabulary and develop a good understanding on how music has changed throughout history. We want children to have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument as well as participate in whole school, key stage and class productions for other peers and their parents.
Music is taught primarily through a scheme of work called Charanga. The scheme follows the National Curriculum's expectations and the weekly lesson ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. Charanga’s approach uses a spiral based curriculum which builds on and revisits specific skill sets year upon year. The scheme is currently being used across the school from Reception through to Year 6.
The weekly lesson follows the same structure each week. The lessons are both engaging, fun and practical for the children. They also include differentiated activities to allow for different musical abilities within the class. Students learn how to play the Glockenspiel, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
We also hold various music clubs for children across the school, such as Steel Pans, singing club for KS1 and Choir for KS2 children. These are run and organised by the teachers either during or after school.
At Roebuck Academy children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They learn to evaluate music and understand its parts. They sing, feel a pulse and have the opportunity to learn an instrument.
As an ‘Arts Mark School’ raising the profile of music across the school for both teachers and pupils has and will remain a priority. Charanga allows us to develop a consistent approach to the teaching of music right across the school, as well as all the extra musical enrichment we provide from themed days, clubs, assemblies and specialist instrument lessons provide children with a balanced and well-rounded curriculum.