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Music Curriculum Statement


We encourage pupils to explore, clarify, practice and apply the knowledge they are developing.
We journal key ideas, concepts and skills through anchor charts in KS1 which support our pupils to use mathematical language, when discussing their ideas, through the use of sentence stems. In KS2, pupils are encouraged to compose their own notes during lessons, explaining mathematical concepts, in their Maths Journals. A Maths Journal is a personalised notebook and just one example of how we encourage our pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.


The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of the school choir. At CPA, we offer a range of extra curricular opportunities which allow children to take part in a variety of performances such as: Centre of Excellence at the Beck Theatre with Shakespeare Schools festival and Young Voices at Wembley Arena. We also provide the opportunity for Key Stage two children to participate in our Federation Young Musician of the Year competition. This allows children to compete with other schools whilst sharing their skills and talents with a wider audience.


Within lessons, the main elements of music are taught through the Charanga scheme of work, in which pupils learn to sing and play instruments. Each unit allows pupils to analyse different songs, learn lyrics and rhythm patterns before instruments are used to compose complementary pieces of music. Through this scheme we teach a range of genres to expose children to key musical types and where these originate from. We also foster cross curricular links, through teaching a range of songs focusing on topics such as diversity and bullying and other links to PSHE. The children also have the opportunity to learn a range of instruments from specialist teachers.


Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme of music, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Children are learning to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted in this subject.


Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. Opportunities to perform outside of school, within our local environment ensure our children understand its significance and place within the wider world and that these excite and inspire children’s thirst for knowledge and participation in this subject.