Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Northwick Manor Primary School, our Music curriculum is designed to be accessible to all so that every child knows more, remembers more and connects learning building on their previous learning. Children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, performing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We strongly believe a connected learning approach helps children to gain substantive knowledge – the building blocks of what you need to know, and disciplinary knowledge – the way in which you get better at the application of that knowledge. The seven inter-related dimensions of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, timbre and structure) or “musical elements” are explicit in planning and teaching and are important threads making meaningful connections particularly, historical, scientific, and cultural which help drive our curriculum throughout the school.
The aim of our curriculum is for children to foster a life-long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. We want them to think and act like composers, musicians, lyricists and performers and have an appreciation of the role of music in their community, as well as communities around the world, that enrich lives and bring experiences and emotions to all. Most importantly we want children to be exposed to the possibilities to think beyond what they already know and encourage self-expression and creativity which will build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity.