Music at Priestley
Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.
Our aim is to provide our children with a high-quality music education. We believe that music provides children with the opportunity not only for creative outlet and emotional wellbeing, but also for the development of key skills transferable to their toolkit for life-long learning. Music at Priestley, enables children “tune-in”, listen and concentrate and to work collaboratively with others. Learning works in a spiral enabling children to build, revisit skills and concepts and develop confidence.
Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.
At Priestley, we use the scheme Charanga to teach knowledge and skills across the school from Reception to Year 6. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the scheme to encourage progression in musical skills. Children have the opportunities to listen and appraise, sing, improvise, compose and perform. Teaching and learning through Charanga is supplemented through topic-based learning to ensure National Curriculum expectations are met.
During the school year, children in year groups 1-6 receive weekly teaching from a dedicated music specialist teacher.
In addition to singing within the Charanga unit, children receive a weekly whole school singing assembly to apply and refine skills developed in class.
Children use a variety of percussion instruments and access programs and apps such as Garage Band to compose music in a range of genres. Opportunities are available during and after school to receive tuition from peripatetic teachers.
Priestley and Proud
We use a variety of strategies to evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that our children have gained in each unit:
• CPD to ensure that teacher pedagogy and assessment is secure.
• Regular feedback, marking and pupil voice feedback.
• Subject monitoring, including book looks and planning peeks.
• Knowledge assessments across the year/end of each unit.