Our music provision aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Pupils are given the opportunity to excel and understand the power of music personally, culturally and as an instrument for positive change. Music across the North Cheam Hub is clearly planned and sequenced in order for all children to develop musical knowledge and skills in a broad and ambitious curriculum. Our aim is for music to be embedded within the wider curriculum so that children develop a critical awareness of the cultural significance of music.
In addition to class-based music education, both schools offer a wide range of extra music opportunities, such as peripatetic instrumental tuition, KS1 and KS2 choirs, singing assemblies, the KS2 orchestra and musical trips. Children in receipt of the Pupil Premium fund have access to free individual/group peripatetic tuition, instrument hire and orchestra tuition.
Trips and performance opportunities:
- Class assemblies (EYFS-Year 6)
- ‘Orchestra Unwrapped’ by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall (Year 5/6)
- Christmas productions (EYFS-Year 6)
- Choir performances at the winter and summer fairs (KS1/KS2)
- Termly drumming performances (Year 3)
- Young Voices at the 02 arena (KS2)
- The Big Sing
- Sing Up Day
- Whole Class Ensemble Tuition Festival (Year 4)
- Summer whole class ensemble tuition performance (Year 4)
- Talent shows and assembly performances
Music is taught consistently across the North Cheam Hub by both specialist teachers and non-specialist teachers.
- In the EYFS, music is rooted within continuous provision.
- In KS1, teachers use the Charanga scheme to deliver high quality lessons following an integrated approach to music and covering all areas of the National Curriculum.
Pupils learn to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes;
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically;
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music;
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- This provision is delivered by Jane Greene, LEO Director of Music in Year 2
In KS2, children receive whole class ensemble tuition from specialist teachers:
- Year 3 (Cheam Park Farm): djembe, samba and bhangra drumming delivered by Inspireworks
- Year 3 (Brookfield): djembe, samba and bhangra drumming delivered by Inspireworks
- Year 4 (Cheam Park Farm): violin and cello tuition delivered by Inspireworks
- Year 4 (Brookfield): ukulele tuition delivered by SMS
- Year 5 & 6 (across the North Cheam Hub): Jane Greene, LEO Director of Music
Pupils learn to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music;
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music;
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory; use and understand staff and other musical notations;
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians;
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
Knowledge and skills are continually built upon, using assessment of both teaching and learning. In KS1/KS2, children receive ten lessons a term, lasting from 30 mins-1 hour. Each lesson begins with a recall of the aims/skills taught in the previous lesson. Children learn to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
Children at Brookfield and Cheam Park Farm are inspired and excited by their music education. All children achieve well and value the opportunity to identify and develop their individual area of musical excellence and performance skills. They understand the role music plays in their own identity and the identity of other individuals and communities.
Teaching and learning is monitored via termly recordings of pupils’ whole class performances, at the beginning and end of each unit, saved in the LEO Music Drive. Non-specialist teachers receive training from Charanga in order to improve their subject knowledge and deliver lessons of high quality.