Shaping our Music curriculum:

We follow the National Curriculum which enables our children to:

Inspire and engage pupils to develop a love of music
Increase self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
Compose and listen with a sense of discrimination
Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
Use technology

We teach so that we provide opportunities to perform, listen to and evaluate music. To learn to sing and enable our children to use their voices, create and compose music thinking about pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notation. Through our music lessons we will enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition based approach to learning. This approach enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.

We introduce well known musicians and their work to build our children’s knowledge about the world.

We use concepts to give meaning to music:

In all subjects at Barlow Hall we use six Thinking Concepts:

  • Continuity and Change over Time
  • Inter-relationships
  • Perspectives
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analysing and Interpreting
  • Cause and Effect

Our music subject concepts are:

  • Listening and Appraising
  • Singing and use of the voice
  • Exploration through composition
  • Exploration through Improvisation
  • Performance
  • Musical Dimensions

Our music skills are:

  • Rhythm
  • Notation

Our curriculum is designed so children are taught the knowledge then use their knowledge. We build knowledge from one year to another, moving from a basic understanding to an advanced model where understanding is applied to fluency and then a deep and automatic understanding. In our lessons we build on prior knowledge and link back and forwards to embed our knowledge. We return to key concepts so that are children know more and remember more.