At Forestdale Primary School, we value Music. 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.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become musicians:
- A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing
levels of technical expertise.
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
At Forestdale, we use the Charanga scheme to teach music from EYFS to Y6. In response to the DfE Model Music Curriculum published in 2021, Charanga are currently updating their scheme of work and so the full curriculum documentation will be available in due course.
In order to supplement the Charanga curriculum, we also ensure that pupils learn about a number of significant pieces of music during their time at Forestdale Primary School. Pupils are immersed in some of these pieces of music as they enter and leave assembly in the morning and also listen to and study a range of pieces in class over the year.