Aspirational, Lifelong Learning in Music
In June 2022, the government published a document called: the power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education. It sets out a vision to enable all children and young people to:
The National Plan has the aim that: ‘Every child should receive a great music education. Learning about music and having the opportunity to play musical instruments and make music together is a vital part of a rich and rounded education. Music plays a key role in brain development. It helps to develop language, motor skills, emotional intelligence and collaboration skills.
This document sets out:
In order for government aims to be achieved, all schools are required to have a Music Development Plan in place by September 2023. We have been working to develop our Music curriculum and provision to meet these needs and further details can be found below.
Emscote Infant School Music Development Plan
Overall objective – the INTENT of our curriculum
At Emscote Infant School, music plays a prominent role within the curriculum and within the school ethos: ‘Working Together, Valuing Everyone, Learning for Life’. We believe music should be an enjoyable experience for pupils and teachers. Children may participate in a range of musical experiences, building up confidence at the same time. They will develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they may enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children will experience listening to music from different cultures and eras and develop an awareness of composers, for example, through our ‘composer of the month’.
IMPLEMENTING our Music curriculum
Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different music elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances such as Christmas plays and Nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.
We aim to make music enjoyable for all; we encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we endeavour to build up the confidence of all children.
The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across the school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music and its place within the wider creative arts context.