At Laburnum Primary School, we provide a broad and balanced Music curriculum to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music by: critically engaging with various genres, historical periods, styles and traditions of music; building confidence and skills when performing both with voice and with a range of instruments; creatively responding to music and composing original and interpretive compositions.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. Aims The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Laburnum, in Reception and Year 1, our Music is enriched through Music Makers Projects provided by Inspiring Music (Central Bedfordshire Music Hub). This is then subsidised by additional musical opportunities with class teachers. (See Appendix 1 for Learning Pathways Overview)
At Laburnum, in Year 2 and Lower Key Stage Two, our Music is enriched through Continuous Progress Projects provided by Inspiring Music (Central Bedfordshire Music Hub). This is then subsidised by additional musical opportunities with class teachers. (See Appendix 1 for Learning Pathways Overview)
At Laburnum, in Upper Key Stage Two, our Music curriculum is based on the Music Hub subsidised Charanga online resource which follows The Model Music Curriculum: https://www.inspiringmusiconline.co.uk/ This is enhanced with a 1 term ‘Instrumental Superstars’ Ukulele provided by Inspiring Music (Central Bedfordshire Music Hub).
Further information on the implementation of our Music Curriculum is provided in the EYFS, KS1&2 Long Term Plan for Music.
Children are taught to appreciate and evaluate music. Music and singing form part of our weekly assemblies.
Additional 1:1 tuition in the Piano and Guitar is available with peripatetic teachers at an additional cost to parents, with some children eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant having these funded by the school.
By the end of their primary career:
Children have had a range of instrumental and performance opportunities during their primary school career. Music is celebrated and shared.
Children enjoy and appreciate music of differing style and genres.
Children are exposed to music as a cross curricular tool.
Children leave their primary schooling with a rich and diverse range of interests harboured by their love of music fostered in school.
Laburnum Primary School has been nominated by the 'Inspiring Music' Music Hub to be a Music Mark School again for this academic year. In their correspondence, Inspiring Music said:
"Congratulations! You have been nominated by us at Inspiring Music to become a Music Mark school for the 2021/22 academic year.
We have recognised your commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and the value that you place on music, and as a result, we would like to celebrate it by nominating your school to become part of the Music Mark community.
Music Mark works to support and enable the music education sector to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. On behalf of Music Mark and from us at Inspiring Music, we would like to thank you for all the hard work your school does to support this collective vision."