At BSL, children gain a clear understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, appraising, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity in children for the subject and how it might be an important element in developing their gifts. We aim to ensure children access musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to support their ‘future dreaming’: how music could enrich their lives. We recognise and value the place of music in the wider community, but more importantly its place in human experience: the power of music in expressing joy, faith, optimism and love.
The school implements a clear and comprehensive progression of skills as outlined in the National Curriculum and further detailed in the Model Music Curriculum. BSL uses the award-winning Charanga provision which is totally aligned to the National Curriculum for Music. Children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their work of music and across the wider curriculum. Where applicable, links to music will be made to develop effective learning experiences. Music is taught weekly, which enables children to rehearse and refine songs for performance, develop an understanding of a piece or genre of music and develop their own ideas for composition. Lessons are linked to important artists or movements. Skills and prior knowledge are built upon using progressive week-by-week resources. A wealth of additional materials is taught from the Freestyle, Instruments, Sing and SEND resources.
Through the carefully structured curriculum and high quality teaching, we expect the outcomes to be effective. Children will retain knowledge about their focus musician or composition for each unit of work, remember their knowledge and understand how to use it and apply the skills demonstrated in their own compositions. This will enable children to succeed and achieve their age related expectations. Children will ultimately understand what being a ‘musician’ means and how this subject could help build their future.