MUSIC AT ROBIN HOOD
Music is truly the universal language and at Robin Hood we aim to ensure that everyone is joining in the conversation. Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and instruments from guitars in Year 6, violins in Year 5 to whole school singing, performance and dance. Particularly we have recently been capitalising on the mental health benefits of involvement in the music curriculum, helping to improve mindfulness, wellbeing and the ability to engage with music on a multifaceted emotional and intellectual level.
THE INTENT OF OUR MUSIC CURRICULUM
At Robin Hood Primary School, our music curriculum intends to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and recognise their talents, by exposing them to varied forms of music. We strongly believe that music can energise children and promote well-being; therefore, every child has the opportunity to enjoy a rich music diet, whether that be as a listener, singer, performer or composer. All children embark on a life-long musical learning journey at Robin Hood, and this enables them to progress, reflect on and review their achievements as their musical talents develop.
HOW OUR MUSIC CURRICULUM IS IMPLEMENTED
In accordance with the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Sing, create and compose musically with increasing confidence and control.
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Develop an understanding of how music is created and how it is composed.
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of music and understand its historical presence.
From the onset, our music curriculum teaches our children to listen to and appraise music, use their voices expressively and creatively through singing and experiment with sounds to understand the interrelated dimensions of music. Our children also have the opportunity to appreciate a range of musical genres and develop an understanding of the history of music. These skills are embedded within our weekly music lessons, which follow the week-by-week progression of skills within the Charanga scheme of learning.
In the classroom, every child has the opportunity to play and perform tuned and un-tuned instruments, to develop their accuracy, fluency, control and expression. In Year 5, the children also learn to create and compose during their weekly guitar and violin lessons; performing using different forms of notation enables the children to express their musical talents and appraise one another’s compositions.
THE IMPACT OF OUR MUSIC CURRICULUM
Whilst in school, all of our children have access to a broad and balanced music curriculum, which enables them to speak the universal language of music and recognise the strengths and differences between their own creative expressions and that of others. Pupils are able to enjoy a high-quality music education that inspires them to develop a love of music and recognise their talents as musicians who can demonstrate their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. They are encouraged to showcase these skills during live performances and events, within school and the wider community, which they thoroughly enjoy and flourish in.
MUSIC CULTURAL CAPITAL
At Robin Hood, we are dedicated to continuously augmenting and widening the breadth of our children’s musical cultural capital. This is implemented in a wide variety of ways through weekly music lessons, specific instrumental classes provided by external professionals, termly assemblies/performances and involvement in a range of community events such as The Big Sing, Young Voices and Christmas Carol Concerts. This provides the children the opportunity to achieve goals (both individually and as part of a group), become successful and develop the desire to become a performer, be it through singing, playing musical instruments or composing within a group.