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At Panshanger Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum Programme of study for Music. It is our aim that, in Music, our pupils will:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 

In Key Stage 1, pupils will learn to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In Key Stage 2 pupils will learn to:

  • sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music

The music curriculum at Panshanger is delivered by a specialist music teacher in weekly music lessons. The school is a member of the Monk’s Walk Music Hub on www.Makewaves a leading safe social learning platform for children and young people.

 In the wider school community, pupils:

  • take part in weekly singing assemblies
  • listen on a daily basis to music played to the whole school in our Formal Listening Programme, during which they are encouraged to listen quietly and are invited to respond to the music and share their feelings