At Joseph Turner. Children gain a solid understanding of what music is through listening, singing. Playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, style, traditions and musical genres. We are committed to developing curiosity within music as well as an understanding and acceptance of a range of musical types. We intend to deliver a curriculum where children cover different elements of music, learn and apply important vocabulary as well as developing a deep understanding on how music has changed though history. It is important that children are exposed to a variety of areas within music in order to improve the quality and depth of musical outcomes throughout the children’s journey at Joseph Turner.
Additionally there is an intent to provide children with the opportunity to engage in additional musical experiences such as key strings assemblies, young voices visits, whole school singing and class performances throughout the year.
At Joseph Turner Primary School, we pride ourselves on the consistent approach to teaching and learning that can be observed across all phases of school. This is achieved through our commitment to quality first teaching on a daily basis. Expectations of staff and pupils are high resulting in good progress in all phases. There is a universal understanding of what outstanding teaching, learning and assessment should entail. These strategies are consistently used throughout school and it is the expectation of leadership that all lessons will include a variety of these to enable all learners to reach their full potential. Active learning is essential in all aspects of the lesson. All staff use the same terminology so learners develop a knowledge and understanding of the different ways they learn. At Joseph Turner, we believe outstanding teaching, learning and assessment must include:
1. Challenge for all
2. Collaborative learning
3. Assessment for learning
5. Progression within lessons and books
6. Learning behaviours
We use the ‘Charanga’ music program as our platform for delivering music to ensure pupils across the school are exposed to key knowledge, skills and vocabulary needed to fulfil the curriculum whilst providing a range of music genres and vast opportunities to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate.
As recommended by the model music curriculum, year 3 take part in weekly recorder lessons provided by Sandwell Music Services which gives them an early insight into learning a musical instrument. Similarly, this service is offered to upper key stage 2 pupils to provide them with the opportunity to learn to play a woodwind instrument. In years 2 and 4, children use garage band to produce compositions of their own which makes links between the computing and music curriculum.
To broaden the curriculum, we have a music room, accessible to the whole school, which has a range of percussion, tuned and un-tuned instruments. With such provision, children can apply their understanding of creating notes to different instruments and practise reading basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing or analysing music.
Children are provided with many opportunities to express themselves musically, which at Joseph Turner away from their weekly music sessions such as year group productions, performances and exra curricular activities. In key stage 2, children can attend choir provided by trained Joseph Turner staff with the goal being to attend and be part of the young voices choir at the NEC arena, Birmingham.
Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse.
At Joseph Turner children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
Our Music Room
Here at Joseph Turner, we have our very own music room filled with equipment to enhance our learning. Each class visit the music room once a week during their timetabled slot and have an opportunity to sing and use our wide variety of percussion instruments.