Our Music co-ordinator:
Music at Towngate Primary Academy
Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at Towngate. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff. Musical opportunities in school include weekly class music lessons, whole class drumming lessons (as a part of our Wider Opportunities sessions), School Choir, Young Voices, Ukele Cub and close links with schools in the Education Ossett Community Trust through annual EOCT Choir performances.
Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum:
Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.
Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.
As music is a practical subject, assessment may be done by focussing on a small group at a time on certain tasks or skills, observing the children, discussing their work or self/group/teacher evaluation against criteria from the National Curriculum programmes of study and end of year expectations. The learning challenges used, to plan and teach music, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. Children are assessed according to age related expectations in line with curriculum requirements. This is done in line with the school assessment calendar. This information is recorded and monitored by the co-ordinator.
Every Wednesday the children participate in a Singing Assembly. We sing songs that reflect our core values.
Many of the songs have been chosen by our suggestions of the children. Our school values are so important to us at Towngate. Why not have a listen to these songs that reflect the meaning of our values? Listen carefully to the lyrics and see if you can understand how the songs link to our values. Happy listening.
Bruno Mars - Count on me.
Gary Barlow - Sing
Emeli Sande - Wonder
Matilda - When I grow up