Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact
At Goldenhill Primary Academy, we follow the Kapow Primary Music scheme to support the delivery of music lessons. The intention of the scheme is first and foremost to help children develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and un-tuned instruments and responding to music. They will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written done. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as team-work, leadership, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside and beyond school.
The music scheme at Goldenhill enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage attainment targets outlined in the National Curriculum
Kapow Primary’s Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences.
Four units of music are taught in KS1 and KS2 throughout the year. Each five lesson unit combines these strands within a cross-curricular topic designed to captures pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Over the course of the scheme, children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and un-tuned instruments accurately and with control They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music – pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics – and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions.
The Kapow music scheme follows the spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Children progress in terms of tackling more complex tasks and doing more simple tasks better as well as developing understanding and knowledge of the history of music, staff and other musical notations.
In each lesson, pupils will actively participate in musical activities drawn from a range of styles and traditions, developing their musical skills and their understanding of how music works. Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks to paired and group work as well as improvisation and teacher-led performances. Lessons are ‘hands-on’ and incorporate movement and dance elements as well as making cross curricular links with other areas of learning
Lessons are differentiated to ensure that every lesson can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available. Each unit is accompanied with a knowledge organiser to support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD, aiding teachers in their own acquisition of musical skills and knowledge. Further CPD opportunities are available via webinars.
Music is taught over four full ‘Music’ days over the course of an academic year. Each music day consists of 5 music lessons.
Extra – Curricular Music Opportunities/Clubs:
At Goldenhill, we encourage children to further develop their love of music through an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities.
Rocksteady Music School: Children from Reception – Year 6 have the opportunity to sign up to Rock Steady music school who are a band-based peripatetic music service that deliver weekly music lessons, in school, on guitar, piano, drums and voice. The bands perform a termly concert, where family and friends are invited.
Children from Y4 – Y6 can sign up to the ‘Young Voices’ choir, run by the music lead at Goldenhill. The Young Voices Choir perform annually at the Young Voices Concert at Manchester Arena.
The impact of the music scheme is constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities.
After the implementation of Kapow Primary Music, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to success in their secondary education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.
The expected impact of music teaching at Goldenhill is that children will: