At Broomwood Primary we promote music for all pupils and we encourage the highest forms of creativity. Through a high quality music education, we aim to inspire all pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. We aim to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of musical achievement.
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.
By the end of the key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Within music we provide the pupils with a range of musical opportunities to develop their skills and love of learning for music. These include:
- KS1 and KS2 whole class instrumental and vocal projects for example, the ukulele and the trumpet. Towards the end of these instrumental projects, the pupils have the opportunity to perform to the parents and for the rest of the school.
- We provide the children with a range of musical lunchtime and after school clubs e.g. the recorder club, choir and performing arts. The choir and recorder club have also performed pieces during assemblies. At Christmas, we have also taken the choir to perform in Altrincham Town Centre and to the local nursing homes.
- Performance is at the heart of Broomwood and the children are encouraged to perform to an audience regularly e.g. Harvest Festival, Christmas, class assemblies, ukulele, recorders etc.
- We are building links with the local Grammar Schools, which will include visits from past pupils who will come to take to the children and perform pieces of music.
- During the summer term, Year 5 take part in the Trafford Music Extraffordganza at the Bridgewater Hall or Wythenshawe Forum. This enables them to sing and play alongside other pupils from other schools. Furthermore they will listen to a wide range of professional musicians perform.
- Children who have shown a real flair for music have been subsidised to continue with private tuition e.g. clarinet and flute lessons. Other pupils have private tuition which has been funded by their parents. These pupils have performed pieces at the Christmas concert and other times of the year. Opportunities and space are provided at lunchtimes for pupils to practice each week within school. In addition to this, four pupils from Year 5 and four pupils from Year 2 have been allocated extra funding from Trafford Music Service, for music additional music lessons.
- Music is embedded throughout the EYFS curriculum and classrooms are set up to promote the children's passion and development of music. The learning and development of music is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Music within the EYFS helps to develop the child's phonics, language and attention and listening skills.
- Equal opportunities and cultures are promoted where we provide knowledge of a range of music composers and music from different cultures. We teach the children about male and female composers. We look at different composers in History and we also look at a range of musicians, including from the local area. Music coverage across key stages is broad and builds on previous learning.
The result of teaching music throughout our school will be:
- A secure understanding and knowledge of the progression of skills right through from EYFS to Key Stage 2.
- They will develop the ability to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
- They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds.