First and foremost our intention is to help children to feel that they are musical and that they develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching them to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
Alongside our curriculum provision, there are many opportunities for children to express their musicality. These include: instrument tuition, shows and performances, attendance at live music events and whole class instrumental lessons.
Kapow Primary’s Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:
The history of music
The inter-related dimensions of music
The instrumental scheme lessons complement the Kapow Primary scheme of work and allow lower key stage pupils to develop their expertise in using a tuned instrument for a minimum of one term as recommended in the model music curriculum.
Kapow Primary’s national curriculum mapping document shows which of our units cover each of the national curriculum attainment targets as well as each of these strands within it. This is also shown in the Gerrans curriculum document.
Kapow Primary’s progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop year on year to ensure attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective and robust music curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD, aiding teachers in their own acquisition of musical skills and knowledge. Further CPD opportunities can also be found via webinars with our music subject specialists. Kapow has been created with the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the music curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.
At Gerran’s Primary School, music units are followed on a half-termly basis with approximately five or six lessons taught a term. Whole-class instrumental lessons are woven into the two-year rolling programme alongside the music units. Opportunities for children to develop their musicality are also sought beyond the curriculum, including whole-school singing, school shows, nativity performances and attendance at community events.
The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and at the end of each unit there is often a performance element where teachers can make a summative assessment of pupils’ learning. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key learning from the unit, encouraging recall of practical skills, key knowledge and vocabulary.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary music scheme of work is that children will:
Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.
Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed.
Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.
Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for music.