Our Lady Queen of Heaven Music Curriculum
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, we believe in a curriculum that underpins and promotes
the school’s culture and aims -
a curriculum for the whole child.
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our school’s curriculum stems from our Mission Statement:
“We are inspired, strengthened and encouraged by our Catholic faith.
We place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and say, listening to Him with our hearts.
We spread love everywhere we go, valuing and caring for each other.
We strive to be the best learners we can, using and celebrating our God given gifts.”
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name” Luke 1: 49
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our definition of progress in Music is the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content, but achieving a depth to their learning that enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Music is an integral part of the curriculum at Our Lady’s and there is a commitment to ensuring the effective provision and delivery of a music curriculum that is accessible for all our learners. Music is a practical, creative subject, which enhances learning of all as it provides a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate learners. It gives the opportunity for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development and discovery for an individual. Music reflects our culture and society and so the teaching and learning of music enables learners to better understand the world they live in. As a school with a multicultural community music is an expression of this. We recognise the opportunities that music provides for children to learn together socially and we value each other’s contributions. Our aim is to promote enthusiasmfor and the enjoyment of, music in all its forms and also to develop musical skills and knowledge. By engaging learners in musical experiences, we can offer them the opportunities to develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other areas of the curriculum as well as developing life skills such as listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, self-confidence and a sensitivity towards others.
Throughout the year as a school community, we regularly celebrate the Catholic faith with hymns in class liturgies, assemblies and Mass services which bring us together through common values and celebrates our sense of belonging.
National Curriculum Aims:
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
We follow the guidelines of the National Curriculum focusing on the seven interrelated dimensions of music and combine this with the Charanga Music Scheme to create fun, engaging lessons with opportunities for learners to continually develop their knowledge and skills. Composition, improvisation and performance are woven into this framework throughout all year groups, creating a broad musical experience for all.
In Reception classes learners are encouraged to experiment with Music using their voices, instruments and through movement and dance.
Year 1 and 2 are introduced to rhythm, pulse and pitch through a variety of musical games and structured lessons based around each of these elements. They are encouraged to use their imaginations, aural stimulus, visual prompts, instrumental exploration and singing to enhance their understanding.
In Key Stage 2, learners take their knowledge of the musical elements further by learning about Structure, Texture, Timbre ,Dynamics and Duration and begin to look at Composing and Notation in more depth.
We recognise that learners have a wide range of musical abilities and therefore we teach using different starting points as ways to access learning; ranging from games, the imagination, aural stimulus and visual prompts, to questioning, hands on instrumental exploration and singing.
Care is given in planning as to groupings and the support structure for the less able where tasks can be simplified. The more able are challenged with tasks of increasing difficulty where appropriate. We also use open ended tasks which can have a variety of responses encompassing whole class learning.
Opportunities are given for learners to share their music both within school, such as taking part in concerts and musical productions and in the wider community with children going to perform for the community at local events and further afield.
Every year group will also perform to the whole school and parents at least once a year.
We see music and dance as closely linked and seek to provide learners with opportunities to play for live dance performances whenever possible.
Learners are inspired by seeing and hearing other musicians and we seek to develop their musical experiences by embracing integrated Arts opportunities, inviting musicians into school from the wider community to play and perform for and with learners or taking them on visits to broaden their experiences.