Music Long Term Overview
‘Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives...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 school’ (MMC, March 2021)
At Castle Hill, our aim is to bring our community together through the shared endeavour of singing, playing, listening, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. With a clearly sequenced and ambitious approach to music teaching, pupils are introduced to the delights and disciplines of music while also equipping them with the technical skills and creativity to compose and perform. Musical techniques and skills are nurtured and developed in all pupils, though all key stages, recognising that such skills may be expressed instrumentally, vocally or through music technology. We want to develop a curiosity for the subject and take as a starting point the ambition that every young person should be able to experience Music and to make progress. This includes singing, as well as having the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole class ensemble and small group teaching at KS2. Pupils are encouraged to celebrate achievement, self-confidence and self-evaluation whilst also deepening their understanding of musical culture and history. We believe such experiences build character and help to embed British values such as fairness and respect. This curriculum offers the pupils at Castle Hill the opportunity to explore and build on musical concepts should they choose to develop this interest further in later life; it is a curriculum that is creative, collaborative and challenging helping ensure every child develops a life-long love of music and musical performance.