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Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust


Curriculum Leader: Mrs Victoria Edwards

Intent: Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack of our lives. Music connects is through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. At Theddlethorpe Academy we believe that music encourages imagination, self-confidence and originality. We think that music gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences across the curriculum. Music is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your voice, your eyes and your whole personality to ignite imagination and expression.

Through the introduction of a music scheme called Charanga, and by linking it to a range of skill and knowledge-based units, our Music curriculum builds the importance of creativity through performing, listening and expression, starting at an early age in the Early Years through expressive arts and design and being imaginative. It encourages a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, using musical vocabulary and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Theddlethorpe Academy is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person's life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Theddlethorpe Academy's approach to teaching music teaches children the fundamental skills and knowledge through a carefully planned programme. All children gain a simple understanding of musical notation, language, playing an instrument, composition, listening and analysing music. Teaching is activity based. Each half term, or sometimes term, children work towards a goal, this will culminate in either a performance to the class or the playing of a piece with the class as a whole.

We use an assessment-criteria for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. The assessment criteria, in conjunction with our planning, is to ensure that the children develop their knowledge, vocabulary and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2.