Music at Hadrian
Every child experiences the opportunity to realise themselves as composers and performers in their whole-class weekly music lessons. Lessons are delivered by our Music-specialists, using a holistic approach that includes moving, singing and playing as a way to understand and be creative in a range of musical styles.
Each school has a dedicated learning space for music lessons where children can play a range of accessible instruments or move freely in an open area. The children get to experience the beauty of music as a social form when they work on musical groups projects that build confidence and skills as musicians and collaborators.
The musical journey starts with an introduction to song games and learning what instruments do. Through play, our early years children start to explore how sounds can be organised in song and on instruments. We discover how expression can be used in music when we imitate and follow signals. We play conducting games, where children use their skills and knowledge to lead their friends in a piece of music.
As we travel further on our journey, children in Key Stage 1 begin to recognise and explore how sounds can be made, changed and organised. Creative projects, born from a simple idea in song or movement, start to include layers of harmonic and rhythmical accompaniment as they grow into a performed piece in which children can call their own.
In Key Stage 2, children continue their creative music making journey with stronger understanding of how musical elements can be used. We become more reflective in our choices and regularly discuss the musical choices that we and others make. Our vocal and instrumental skills are applied to our theoretical knowledge when we compose and perform in bigger groups.
By the end of a child’s music journey, it is our intention that they have the confidence and curiosity to know how to be individually and collaboratively creative in their next music journey.
At Hadrian Primary School we are musicians! We want our children to love music. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be music producers, songwriters, composers or rockstars! We want them to embody our core values. The music curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their musical capital. We want our children to remember their music lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with! Recently, our school have invested in providing Apple Garage Band lessons for pupils in KS2. This supports our drive to expose children to technology used in Creative Industries; our largest developing industry in the uk. We have also invested time ensuring that all of our staff have become certified as an Apple Teacher. Bringing music alive is important at Hadrian Primary School.
The music curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. For example, for the last 10 years, we have planned, choreographed and put on our 'Summer Spectacular' show in partnership with our local theatre, 'The Customs House', allowing all children to take part in a real life experience, performing songs and dances to both their parents and audiences from across our community. We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the music National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We are committed to putting music on the map here at Hadrian Primary School.
We want our children to use the vibrancy of our great city to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have. We achieve this by providing a strong SMSC curriculum, with British Values and our core values placed at the heart of everything we do. This often feeds into the music curriculum. For example, as part of Cultural Diversity celebrations, we have provided drumming lessons for LKS2 pupils; developed their understanding of the wider world through worldwide music and meaning. We have also launched 'song of the week' across school since returning to school in September. Each class in school listens to a new piece of music from around the world. They learn of the idea behind the music, its message and its cultural links. In assemblies we listen to a variety of worldwide music. At Hadrian we are constantly listening, engaging and exploring new sounds!
We enrich our children's time in school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions. For example, back in Christmas 2019 our KS2 Choir were whisked off to London to participate in a special Christmas concert in front of HRH Princess Royal. The concert was set in the beautiful chapel and the children sang a festive songs, spreading Christmas cheer to all those who attended including members of the Mission to Seafarers from across the world. The event was a resounding success and many of the children commented what a wonderful and memorable experience they had. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children.
Each year we undertake an audit of the music curriculum with support from our local music hub. On the back of the findings from these audits, the music curriculum is carefully built upon and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. At Hadrian Primary School we are currently using use the Oak National Academy scheme – which provides our teachers with week-by-week lessons for each year group in the school from ages 5-11. This scheme provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson. Our music scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities – creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing. We also provide who class tuition including Garage Band, Ukulele and Guitar.
Music subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared with all stakeholders. These characteristics underpin all work in music and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. These characteristics are:
We empower our staff to organise their own year group curriculums under the guidance of our subject leaders. Teachers are best placed to make these judgements. Staff develop year group specific long-term curriculum maps which identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the academic year. The vast majority of subjects are taught discretely but staff make meaningful links across subjects. They link prior knowledge to new learning to deepen children’s learning. Our children are taught the right, connected knowledge.
We encourage staff to teach a fortnightly music lesson. This helps to ensure sufficient time is allocated to music and that musical subject matter can be revisited frequently. We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, to alter their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make.
We use both formative and summative assessment information in every music lesson. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and short-term interventions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means that skills in music are progressive and build year on year. We record evidence of progression on Seesaw and use this to inform future planning. Assessment information is collected frequently and analysed as part of our monitoring cycle. This process provides an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in music. Monitoring in music includes: Seesaw (online app) scrutinies, lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil/parent and/or staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.
At Hadrian Primary School, we are MUSICIANS!
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.
Early learning goals that link to music:
ELG Being imaginative and expressive
Additional Reading to enhance music
Examples of additional texts we use to enhance our Music curriculum:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Pam Adams
The Three Little Pigs - Mara Alperin and Ag Jatkowska
A Squash and a Squeeze - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
We're Going On A Bearhunt– Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Giraffes Can't Dance – Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Musical Max – Robert Kraus
The Gingerbread Man – Ladybird
Macbeth – Anna Claybourne and Tom Morgan-Jones
The Firework Maker's Daughter - Philip Pullman
What a Wonderful World - Ashley Bryan
Here are a few links to websites that you might want to try:
Teach yourself recorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYDRLHj6vDQ&list=PLGbTO82eAIaxvszSGFoe84q1C4d_3Lpj1