“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
Here are Tarporley CE Primary we have a wide range of musical opportunities for our children to partake in. Our children regularly have the opportunity to demonstrate their wonderful talents and are in great demand for concerts and fetes.
At the heart of our teaching are our Christian Values, our BOOKS approach to learning (Bravery, Outward-facing, Opportunities, Knowledge and Skills and Spirituality) and our desire to make sure every child can Let Their Light Shine (Matthew 5).
What do our pupils think about music?
EYFS - "I like dancing to music and you get to sing along"
KS1 - "It's 10/10, it makes you want to dance and it's good fun. When I come home from school I always say 'can I put some music on?'.
LKS2 - "I enjoy when people who come to visit the school play music."
UKS2 - "You can just have fun and be creative. It gives you the freedom to just have a go and try!"
At Tarporley C of E Primary School, our music curriculum aims to inspire creativity, self-expression and build self-confidence while developing and fostering a lifelong love of music. We hope to encourage all our children on their musical journey as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others in their school, family and wider community. We aim to encourage awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of Music in all its forms as we expose the children to a diverse, multicultural musical experience. Through providing opportunities to listen and appraise, sing, perform and compose we aim to build confident, reflective musicians who can respond on both an emotional and intellectual level. They will develop a growing awareness of the Musical elements: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure and appropriate musical notation.
As a Church of England Primary school, we also appreciate that there is a spiritual side to music and we aim to use music to enable children to be closer to God and to learn and know more about God through music.
The main elements of Music are taught by class teachers using Charanga, a high quality, up to date, clear and comprehensive online scheme of work. In addition, our curriculum is enhanced with a range of listening opportunities taken from the New Model Music Curriculum and some listening and composing units taken from the BBC 10 Pieces resources. Charanga can also be supplemented by the subject leader and teachers own input to match and complement the curriculum.
In addition to classroom lessons, Music is embedded through weekly Collective Worship and singing practises. We also have a range of live performance and the opportunity for learning instruments from specialist peripatetic teachers.
We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.
Alongside their usual class music lessons our children have the following opportunities.
- Yr3-Yr6 - Choir Club
- In Yr3 - Learn to play the Recorders
- In Yr4 - Brass Project (10wk brass lessons)
- KS2 Recorder Club
Music For Life
Should children wish to take their learning further, we have piano, guitar, brass, woodwind and string tuition available in school through Music for Life. These are individual 20 min lessons carried out within the school day.
You can contact music for life directly for more information via the following link:
Rocksteady provide the opportunity for children to be apart of a band. You can contact Rockseady directly for more information via the following link:
We aim to create confident, reflective musicians where all children, regardless of their ability or SEND, are able to enjoy music however they chose, either as a listener or performer. We want every child to achieve age-related expectations in music as well as developing each child personally in their creativity, independence and self-reflection. We hope the seeds sown during their primary journey will continue to grow as our children move on and that they will leave with a heightened awareness of the musical opportunities available both in and outside of school.
Music is part of our whole school monitoring and review schedule. This is carried out by the Music lead. Evidence of each unit of work is uploaded to staff share. As a minimum a photograph and or video of the pupils taken at the beginning, middle and end of each unit is saved for that academic year.
Curriculum Leader: Miss Selwyn