At Osmotherley Primary School we strive to provide a high-quality music education. Pupils will develop a love and passion for Music by being given opportunities to listen to high quality music, sing well known songs, composing, improvising and performing music that they have created. Music at Osmotherley is taught by delivering the statutory requirements of the Music National Curriculum in Key stages 1 and 2. Reception children are exploring music through the EYFS statutory framework.
Pupils will understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. They learn about the same musical concept through different musical activities. The learning of the inter-related dimensions of Music is integrated into listening, appraising , improvising, and composing pieces of music. Singing is also a key feature of understanding and internalising the beat, rhythm, and pitch of music. As they progress through the school well known songs are taught and learnt and this will help them to develop musicality as well as confidence in performance. They use untuned and tuned percussion and develop improvising and composing skills through using untuned percussion and glockenspiels. They pictorially represent their composition, gradually being introduced to formal music writing using notation by Upper Key Stage 2.
Music is taught through the Units within the Charanga Music Scheme. The scheme within Charanga being used is linked to the Model Music Curriculum. All the musical learning within the scheme is built around the Interrelated dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, structure, texture, and notation and that is at the centre of developing the knowledge and skills. The knowledge and understanding will develop and deepen as the pupils' progress through the school. Concepts are revisited regularly and extended to deepen the knowledge of how the different dimensions interact with each other in a piece of music. Key knowledge is embedded into long term memory through recalls at 2, 6 and 12 weeks within each unit.
Creativity and collaboration are encouraged as they develop a sense of community through singing and performing together. Through music they discover different styles, cultures and an understanding of different people and places which are connected through the music they listen to. Opportunities will also be given by listening to, improvising, and collaborating with Music for Life.
There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge taught throughout the school and deliberate practise allows children to improve fluency leading to an alteration of their long-term memory.