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Music at Breckon Hill Primary School

Music development plan summary September 2024

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 Music Overview

Curriculum Intent

The power of music
Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people
and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and
challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared
endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative
process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The
sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each
student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great

The 2021 Model Music Curriculum (MMC)

At Breckon Hill we believe that music is a unique way of communicating which can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in personal development. Music plays an important part in helping children develop a strong sense of belonging and because of our high mobility and diversity, we are committed to ensuring belonging is developed at every opportunity. Our curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all children to hear, sing, play, create, perform and enjoy music.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Curriculum Implementation

As musicians, we want our children to develop:

  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music.
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • A passion for and commitment to a range of musical activities.

The teaching and implementation of the Music Curriculum is taught at Breckon Hill through ‘Sing Education’. We follow a comprehensive plan:

The Music Curriculum is further enhanced through weekly singing lessons for all children, provided Teacher, Mrs Emma Sheratton.

The Reception and Y2 children receive ‘Snappy Classroom’ sessions through the Tees Valley Music Service.

Curriculum Impact

Music is assessed and developed through the use of Foundation Subject Formative Assessment. This ensures progression throughout Key Stage 1 & 2.

The impact of the music curriculum is monitored by the subject leader and evidenced in her annual portfolio.

Our overarching aim is that we enrich children with a Music Curriculum that excites, motivates and promotes creativity for all of our pupils.

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