At Discovery Primary School, we want to create a passion for music in our pupils that will stay with them into their future lives. We want to ensure that music is not just a ‘subject’ but is an inspiring and engaging experience that helps every pupil to develop their musical potential. We want our pupils to have a curiosity about music and a respect for the role that it plays in a person’s life.
Our Music Curriculum
In our school, we endeavour to provide a variety of musical experiences through an enriched curriculum, which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to:
· perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
· be taught to sing, create and compose music
· understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
Our music curriculum is planned carefully so it is taught through the topics that the children are learning about. It is mapped out to provide our pupils with a wide exposure to musical styles and genres from different times and places, and it promotes the exploration of the language of music. There are numerous opportunities to listen and appraise; to explore interrelation dimensions of music; to sing; to play a variety of instruments; to improvise, compose, perform and share.
Children with a particular talent in music can be invited to attend The Royal Greenwich Saturday Music Centre. This provides our pupils with the opportunity to join with other children across the borough on a Saturday to play and work with musicians of all ages across Greenwich.
We have a strong School Choir which perform at many events across the year, including local events to raise money for charity as well as participating in the Young Voices Choir at the O2 Arena.
All children across the school learn to sing songs and have the opportunity to perform during singing assemblies and special events such as Christmas. Year 6 work hard each year to learn and perform songs at an end of year performance and the genre of the music changes each year.
Our curriculum ensures that all pupils at Discovery Primary School develop a love of music and an increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and other’s lives. Pupils are able to enjoy music in as many was as they choose – either as listeners, creators or as performers.
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.’ (National Curriculum Programme of Study: Stages 1 and 2 2013)