Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

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 music stimulates responses both on emotional and intellectual levels. Music can be a lifelong source of pleasure whether playing an instrument, singing, listening to music or performing. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative and challenging. All children are given the opportunities to develop skills and make progress, these skills can be developed through singing, playing musical instruments and the use of music techonology.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive skills through which the pupils are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning.

Our approach to the Music curriculum is through both discrete lessons linked to different musical styles, composers, cultures and music through the years. A set of lesson with clear progression or linked to topic based learning when appropriate. It is underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

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