At Redhill Primary School, we make music an enjoyable experience. Our aim is to provide a music curriculum that will enable each child to achieve their best and build their confidence, with shared experiences as well as encouraging ambition, teamwork and resilience. As there is a big focus on wellbeing and self-regulation, we will be using music within school for different parts of the day to aid a calming environment, support focus during lessons with classical music in the background and allowing the class teachers to choose the pieces they feel their class would enjoy the most for their lessons. Music provides a creative outlet and improves wellbeing, as well as supporting teamwork and removing barriers allowing all children to love their learning. We identified the need to include more Music history so developed our own journey for the entire school including EYFS. We also teach music through stand alone music lessons, as well as cross curricular such as Society, Art and Theme lessons.
As the Music coordinator, I have adapted the curriculum to support our learners during COVID. We have ensured that Music at Redhill can continue to provide an escape and promote self-confidence in a safe way for all. As we are able to sing in our bubbles, we will use singing lesson activities to support this as we get back to our Sing Up curriculum.
We want our children to be able to access both tunes and untuned instruments and be able to develop their own confidence in their musical journey with reading music, pitch, dynamics, rhythm and harmony. During Summer term, Year 3 are learning a whole class instrument (Ukulele) and this will support them as they move in to Year 4 in September as they will develop those skills further. We are supported by The Hub (Staffordshire Music Service). Our hope is that over the next academic year, we will be able to introduce more music teaching lessons to Redhill as well.
Our curriculum was centred around ‘Sing Up’, a singing based scheme which allows the children to experience different musical genres, perform and understand musical notation. However, due to the implications around singing and the spread of the virus, we have continued to focus on classical composers as well as the BBC’s 10 Pieces from the Autumn term into Spring term and will continue to use this in the Summer term as we support classes with singing again. Each class has chosen 8 pieces to use in a two weekly timetable that they feel their class will enjoy. We use pupil voice and termly teacher lesson evaluations to help support and identify next steps. This has already helped support teachers with their own personal CDP needs and is something that the Music Hub are supporting us with in the Summer term.
We hope that later in the Summer term, our children will be able to take part in the Arts with different musical, dance, drama and creative activities to perform to not just the school but in the wider area. They will have the opportunity to work with musical professionals and broaden their musical knowledge looking at a range of music from different traditions and by great composers throughout the history of music.
We will build upon the cultural capital by providing the children with opportunities throughout the year for all year groups, such as working with a West End musical star, taking part in different concerts and workshops such as Young Voices and having a variety of musical based days and events.
Due to COVID 19, we are using virtual ways of sharing our performances. We will have class boxes of instruments that are compliant with cleaning regulations due to COVID 19. We hope that group performances and assemblies will be able to return in September.
Graham Tudor, ex-pupil and West End star
‘I have been working at Redhill delivering performance and dance workshops for a number of years now. I am a former pupil and have enjoyed a West End career playing in the some of the biggest theatres in the world, including playing ‘Joseph’ in ‘Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. Every time I work at the school, I am blown away by the effort of the children and more importantly, their will to listen and succeed. I absolutely love the characters I meet in every class and visiting is always a highlight of my calendar.’
Through a broad and engaging curriculum, children’s confidence within performing will increase and they will be provided with opportunities to perform outside of school where they will be able to experience what it is like to work as part of a wider team as well as applying their skills within the music curriculum.
By each class teacher choosing their pieces for their class, they will have more ownership on their activities. As some classes will use the same activities as others, we will also be able to show how we have adapted the lessons and shown progression.
With the classical music focus with each class having a composer, each child will be able to go on their own musical journey through their school career starting in EYFS as each class has a composer going from the Baroque period to Modern day composers.
Music is assessed by the class teacher by measuring and identifying individuals increase in confidence, pupil voice and also by teacher assessments three times a year using DC Pro.
Pupil voice has already identified areas that the children really enjoy and those to work on. We are introducing Year 3 to peripatetic music lessons this term and hope to offer music lessons wider before the summer holidays and then continuing into the next school year. As well as providing support for teachers, it has also identified how to develop their lessons and support their learners with next steps with termly lesson discussions. This also highlights how each year group adapts the lessons depending on their class and can show progression throughout the school.
We are going to use the Model Music Curriculum to help support and guide our music curriculum and make sure it is tailored to the needs of our children. We hope to have our own curriculum up and running in September as the past two years have helped identify how best we can support and build and develop our pupil’s musical journey.
COVID -19 Statement
As a school we still plan to use our singing curriculum when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have devised a scheme of work based around the BBC’s 10 Pieces. Each class teacher chose 8 pieces for them to use as their music lessons for the Autumn term and 8 pieces for the Spring term.
Classes have their own box of instruments that must be cleaned as per their class cleaning sheet and then left to quarantine for 72 hours.
Each class have been given a composer from the Baroque period to modern day composers. Years 4-6 have both a classical and modern composer. As the classes move up, the periods get later providing them with classical music as well as good quality videos and soundtracks.