Music at Eastway
At Eastway, we aim for our music curriculum to be:
- Well Designed and Delivered, fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum. We lay the foundations needed for successful learning through the robust delivery of our Eastway Matters Early Years Curriculum which is tailored to pupils' needs
- Knowledge-Rich so that children build deep geographical knowledge that they return to and build upon as they move through school
- Closing the Gap: we carefully check children have the prior learning they need to be successful in a lesson and take action to support them fill any gaps they may have. We also check how well they are acquiring new knowledge in the lesson to adapt the lesson to their needs and provide additional support or challenge for children who need so that all children achieve our ambitious learning focus.
- Bring Learning to Life as children have real-life experiences of music in their world
- Develop children as active, independent learners who are Ready, Respectful, Responsible
- Love learning about music!
Music Implementation at Eastway
To achieve these aims, we have carefully mapped out exactly what children learn in each year group, the summary of this is shown below:
More importantly, we have mapped out exactly what knowledge will be covered in each year group so that children can recall what they have already learned and build upon it. This helps your child change their long term memory of key ideas in music as ideas are regularly returned to and deepened.
Our progression of knowledge maps children's learning all the way from EYFS to KS3 so that we can be confident we are preparing your child well for the knowledge they will need when they go to secondary school.
It is also important that your child develops their musical vocabulary and skills. We have also mapped these out so your child makes progress in these areas each year too.
Your child's class teacher then plans their music unit, carefully checking that your child has retained what they have learned previously and then builds upon this knowledge with new learning.
We will send a copy of this knowledge overview home and will also upload it to your child's class webpage so that you know what they are learning in school each half term.
Teachers use resources from the Kapow scheme of work which provides quality resources for your child
In music lessons at Eastway, we:
- Children engaging in a class discussion around the various genres of music, exploring their own and peers' likes and dislikes
- All will be encouraged to take part and engage with the warm up procedures allowing members of the class to lead once confident to do so.
- All encouraged to take part in singing and with the instruments offered. Encouragement, motivation and positivity will be shown by the teacher to allow children to explore their own way to engage with the music session.
- Celebration of their achievements by perfroming for others. This may be their class, whole school and/or parents or at a musical venue e.g. The Floral Pavillion
To check your child has learned what we have intended them to, we set short tasks within lessons to see how much your child has understood and adapt our lessons from their to meet their needs. We use knowledge checkers with key facts for each lesson to help focus children's minds on the important parts of the lesson and to assess whether they have understood these.
To get a picture of what your child is retaining over time, we use the prior learning checks at the beginning of each lesson, complete quizzes at the end of each week, look at the work they have completed in their books and complete end of unit impact summaries. These reviews of learning are completed by their class teacher, our music lead and our SLT
We will let you know how your child is getting on in music in their end of year report and will give you opportunities to see what htey have learned in the class book throughout the year. If you would like any further information, please contact your child's class teacher or contact the school office.