Curriculum Intent: Music

At Ringway Primary School we understand that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Therefore, we strive to provide an ambitious, high-quality music education that both engages and inspires pupils to develop an appreciation, and love, of broad genres of music as well as embrace their talent as musicians.

Our pupils progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary through structured and memorable, creative experiences. They progress their listening skills and are encouraged to recognise that musical understanding is underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music. Our pupils’ perseverance to progressively improve their technical expertise is fostered. When responding to music, pupils are encouraged to be respectful and give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately. They extend the repertoire which they use to create original, creative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work, both independently with confidence (self-belief) and collaboratively. We foster children’s excellence, embracing questions about the historical, social and cultural origins of music. Through exposure to a diverse range of musical styles, they discover and gain a developing awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions, experiences and genres. Through this intent, we aim for our pupils’ inspiration to develop a lifelong passion to experience and appreciate a diverse range of music. 

Our music curriculum utilises the Kapow Primary Music scheme. The intention of the Kapow Primary music scheme is first and fore-most 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 and 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 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.

Kapow Primary’s Music scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainments targets outlined in the national curriculum and the aims of the scheme align with those in the national curriculum.

We work closely with Music Partnership North to help ensure a high-quality music curriculum is provided for all children and opportunities for children to further their musical education through participation in sessions lead by a specialist music teacher – with Mr Vallance delivering expert music tuition Year 3 – and the option to join an after-school mini band with future opportunities to play in front of an audience at live events. We also offer opportunities for private tuition lo learn guitar and keyboards and an after-school club choir.