“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
At Dundale we intend that children should master Music to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within music and make use of music effectively in their everyday lives. We strongly believe that music is an important part of life and well-being, and to that end we place a large emphasis on the enjoyment of music and encourage our children to be involved in as much music making as possible throughout their time at the school.
Our children will be taught Music in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will experience a wide range of musical styles and dimensions in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use music in a variety of contexts; ensuring they make progress.
We follow a broad and balanced Music curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. Our Music scheme ensures progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Music curriculum. This also includes instrumental teaching of the Ukulele in every KS2 class each year.
All classes have a scheduled Music lesson each week with a specialist teacher, and all children take part in weekly Singing Assemblies. In addition, children can join the very popular Choir once they are in Key stage 2, and can learn an instrument with a peripatetic teacher. All opportunities for performing in the local community are enthusiastically taken, and we provide a number of performance opportunities throughout the year, such as the Spring Concert, Year 6 Performance and Christmas Performances.
At Dundale we recognise the power of singing together, and our Christmas and Summer ‘Sing-a-longs’ with parents and families are hugely popular.
We use the Kapow Primary Music schemes of work, which follow the Music curriculum. Topics are planned for each half term and then weekly plans are written in more detail. All planning follows the targets of the National Curriculum and is written in a way that demonstrates progression throughout the different year groups. The differing needs of the children are taken into account and planned for accordingly, although in Music often this is reflected through outcomes of the lesson. Early Years plans are based around the Early Learning goals and the progression we expect our youngest children to make in Music.
During the children’s learning journey at Dundale our intended impact of the Music curriculum is to ensure that children;