Music has the capacity to improve and enrich children’s lives. Our children learn to appreciate music and have many opportunities to listen to, compose and perform their own music. We believe music is an extremely important part of the curriculum and we have a visiting specialist music teacher (Mrs Claudia Banks) who delivers this aspect of the curriculum to our children.
In order to develop the children's performance skills, we aim to get out into the community as often as we can to perform. For example, we sang at the Donhead’s Jubilee Celebration and the local dog show and we take part in school festivals when possible.
All children participate in a range of musical activities including singing, composing and performing using tuned and un-tuned instruments and in a variety of musical styles. Lessons are carefully planned and adapted to suit all pupils' needs to ensure every child receives a well-rounded music education. We have invited a wide range of musicians into school including rock guitarists, pianists, a wind quintet and a saxophonist.
We perform to residents at a local nursing home and to members of The Stroke Club every Christmas.
We also have peripatetic music teachers available and our musicians enjoy performing in assemblies and at some of our special services throughout the year.
At Ludwell Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music to their own and others’ lives and wellbeing and also the impact music has in the wider community. All children have access to music regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language. SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate fully as music is often an area of the curriculum which allows them to excel. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as our weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, children learn how to play the recorder, the guitar and a variety of percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Throughout the child’s journey at Ludwell, their musical skills and understanding are built year on year, from singing nursery rhymes and action songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns on tuned and untuned percussion instruments in Early Years, progressing their skills and understanding in KS1, to further developing their skills and knowledge of the subject in lower KS2, where the children access music confidently, and have the ability to read and follow a simple musical or graphical score. All children in Key Stage 2 learn to play a musical instrument every year and this enables them to be able to begin to express themselves through different mediums and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress to playing at a high level, should they wish to. Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.