"What I have to say is all in the music...if I have something to say, I write a song!" Paul McCartney
At Langley Mill Academy we want our children to have the opportunity to explore music, both in listening to, responding to and performing music from a range of composers and in a range of styles and also composing and performing their own music.
Lessons are based on the National Curriculum and taught, where possible, alongside our overarching topic themes of Values, Journeys and Origins. Children will have opportunities to learn from composers and musicians from around the world and from different time periods.
Each child will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through our participation with the Music Hub with whole class instrument lessons.
Music and the National Curriculum at Langley Mill.
The music curriculum is incorporated into our whole school themed curriculum. The three themes of Values, Journeys and Origins run across the school.
Music is taught as part of this curriculum, usually blocked together rather than weekly. The curriculum is shared with pupils and staff through the knowledge organisers which include:
- Skills we teach: listen, practise, compose, record, perform and sing.
- Musicians and composers to listen to related to the topic
- Songs to sing.
Year 4 learn an instrument taught by a peripatetic music teacher from the Music Hub. Currently, this is the ukulele.
Where appropriate pupils record their learning in their curriculum books, but due to the nature of the subject much of the learning is 'live'.
At Langley Mill Academy children will be enthused and engaged in music learning in school and ready for their next stage of education. Pupils will use technical vocabulary accurately and know and apply the skills and processes for each element of music correctly. Children will record their work in a variety of ways and evidence of learning includes video, photographs, written work, performance, pupil voice or teacher voice. Subject leaders conduct learning walks and pupil interviews to measure the impact of our teaching, based on what children can remember and what they can articulate.
Please encourage your children to listen to a wide range of music at home and if your child is learning an instrument, please inform us so we can develop their skills further and give them opportunities to perform in school.