Stanwell Fields Curriculum Intent
Throughout the school, our work is based on principles which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that we should:
develop and value the whole child and enable them to flourish as individuals.
give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it.
ensure children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve during the next stage of their education and in the future.
give children the opportunity to enjoy learning, flourish and achieve in a peaceful, supportive environment of Christian love and care and build respectful relationships.
To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.
Music: Purpose of Study
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Music at Stanwell Fields
At Stanwell fields C of E Primary, music is an important part of primary education as it can enhance children's knowledge-learning, well-being and confidence. We use the Charanga Musical School Scheme which supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.
Each unit of learning is designed to develop musical skills through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. The unit is based around a key song or musical style, and during that unit, children have the opportunity to listen to and appraise many other songs that fit the genre. For example, in the Year 2 unit of 'Hands, Feet, Heart' children learn a song that celebrates South African music. They will also listen to and appraise The Click Song by Miriam Makeba, Mbube by Soweto Gospel Choir, Bring Him Back Home CNelson Mandela) by Hugh Masekela, You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon and Hlokoloza by Arthur Mofokate.
Musician of the Month
We also celebrate a Musician of the Month across the school year and this gives children even more opportunity to learn about different musicians and musical styles:
- Western Classical Tradition and Film (e.g. classical, 20th and 21st Century)
- Popular Music (e.g Rock n Roll, Folk, Jazz, Indie, Reggae)
- Musical Traditions (e.g Calypso, Gamelan, Sea Shanties, Choral, Indian Classical)