Curriculum Music




Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils' ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.

As a school for pupils with complex needs, many of our pupils have low self-esteem and find it difficult to express themselves.  The arts are a valuable means of developing confidence and communication skills, and facilitating expression, ideas and feelings.  In addition, through purposeful, imaginative and creative activities, pupils learn to take managed risks, trying out new ideas and new ways of working without fear of failure.

We value the contribution the arts make to our quality of life and believe that providing a range of experiences is essential for life beyond school.





To encourage the children to develop an enjoyment of music by:
1. Controlling sounds made by the voice and a range of musical instruments, including playing and singing by ear and from notation;
2. Performing with others;
3. Composing, arranging and improvising;
4. Refining, recording and communicating musical ideas;
5. Recognising styles and telling the difference between modern music and music from other times and places;
6. Appraising music: appreciation of live and recorded music including responding to and evaluating their own and others’ compositions and performances;

While developing all these skills, to explore and gain an understanding of pitch, duration, pace, timbre, texture, dynamics and structure;

Music plays an important part in the development of



Promoting pupils’ self-awareness and self-discipline aiding:

Spiritual development through helping pupils use music to express and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings, and to transfer this to the listener;
Moral development through valuing decisions made by themselves and others in the creative process;
Social development through sharing music making, by valuing the different roles in group performance;
Cultural development through increasing awareness of musical traditions and developments in various cultures;

Promoting other aspects of the curriculum:

Thinking skills through analysis, evaluation, adopting and developing musical ideas reflectively and spontaneously;
Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through encouraging pupils to stage live performances;
Work-related learning through encouraging pupils to recognise the music industry outside of the school environment;

Arts provision at all key stages

Music features on the timetable throughout all Key Stages.

Primary Department

Due to the nature of pupils in KS1 80% of the curriculum is art driven.  At KS2 this is also the case – but specialist teachers also teach Music discreetly. Music is allocated at least 1 hour per week. Topic work and assemblies can facilitate this cross-curricular approach, which is encouraged.

Secondary Department

Throughout Key stage 3 and 4 - specialist teachers teach Music. All Key Stage 3 classes have a weekly Music lesson. All classes are taught in a well-stocked specialist Music room by a music specialist.  Pupils have access to a wide range of musical instruments and electronic technology. Key Stage 4 pupils also access Music through the ASDAN Youth Award Scheme.  Curriculum enrichment is gained by frequent specialist visitors who extend pupils’ experiences, such as composers and live musicians. A termly concert provides opportunity for the celebration of achievements throughout the year. The Youth Award Scheme provides further opportunity to gain a wider experience of performing arts and visual arts towards accreditation. External visits from school provide first-hand experience of artists and performers and are encouraged. These take place at regular intervals throughout the year. (see year plan). 





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