Our Music Intent
At Thomas Harding all children are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that is suitably challenging and based around our ASPIRE values. Our music units are logically sequenced to ensure that all children build on their musical skills and knowledge so links can be made and built upon both within and across year groups. As pupils progress through the school, their growing musical knowledge will deepen their understanding and appreciation of music and they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and listen to the best examples of music from a wide range of genres and time periods.
The curriculum is designed to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their own talent as musicians. The curriculum allows all pupils to acquire a wealth of knowledge and skills as the sequence and selection of topics builds on previous units and feeds forward - towards future learning. Children will have the opportunity to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure.
Our curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including the works of great composers and musicians, developing children's ability to ASPIRE highly.
All will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. We believe that it is essential that each pupil has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to use appropriate musical notations and also to use technology appropriately.
Our children leave Thomas Harding with an appreciation of the joy of music and the skills to listen to, compose, perform and appraise musical pieces.
Implementation for Music
Over their time at Thomas Harding, pupils will have developed their knowledge, skills and understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music. They will have developed their composition and listening appraising skills. Pupils will have been equipped with musical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
If successful, we will have inspired our pupils to develop a passion for music and to develop the aspiration to pursue a career in the field themselves.
Target tracker is used to record the progress that pupils are making in terms of knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more at the end of each term. This will record whether the children are working towards the age related expectation, at the age related expectation, or exceeding the age related expectation.
These judgements will be made using first-hand evidence of how pupils are progressing, drawing together evidence from pupil interviews, observations of performances, work scrutinies along with discussions with pupils about what they have remembered about the content they have studied. These judgements will inform the curriculum and whether children are ready for the next stage of their education.