Our intention at Park Road Acadmey Primary School is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music.
We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music, and listening and responding to music. They will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written down. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills linked to our PRAPS Powers, such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside and beyond school.
Our curriculum enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets outlined in the national curriculum, which allows us to inspire children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.
Park Road Acadmey takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:
When children leave Park Road Academy they will be able to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control. They will be able to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music - pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics - and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions.
This is acheieved through through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson teahcers assess pupils against clear learning objectives and at the end of each unit there is often a performance element which is recorded so teachers can make a summative assessment of pupils’ learning and share good preactice with other teachers too. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key learning from the unit, encouraging recall of practical skills, key knowledge and vocabulary.
As well as having music taught as a formal aspect of the curriculum, there are other oppurtuities, which are intergrated into school life.
Each term the children are able to experience music by a different a musician. Their music is played during daily activities and shared in assembly.