Music Curriculum Mapplewell primary school - Knowledge of Progression and Skills

Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculumn

At Mapplewell Primary School we believe that Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations. Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for self-expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both on emotional and intellectual levels. Music can be a lifelong source of pleasure. It is education for life. Our approach to the Music curriculum is through a topic based approach underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts and principles have been taken from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which our pupils are helped to cultivate in order order to succeed in the 21st century. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows for a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The Music curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied and provides a variety of opportunities to celebrate learning meeting the needs of individual learners and can be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation: Accelerated learning.

The Music curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure pupils develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact: Summative and Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each pupil through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.



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