At Tree Tops Primary Academy, pupils develop their understanding of what music is, through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing. Pupils develop a curiosity for the subject through investigating genres of music and exploring a wide variety of instruments, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to immerse themselves in music.
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music, including works from 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
- 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
- Alongside weekly music lessons, there are a number of exciting opportunities for pupils to immerse themselves in music. Children in KS2 may participate in ukulele club or choir and in KS1 singing club. The choir takes part in regular performances regular and any class assemblies include singing performances.
- As a school we celebrate musical achievements, and promote the use of musical instruments.
- The school choir perform at community and fundraising events. A yearly music assembly brings all musical talent together in a celebration of musical talent assembly.
- Learning is adapted and tailored to meet the needs of all pupils, including those with SEND, through adaptive teaching; including guidance from the EEF (Education Endowment foundation). Educators incorporate explicit instruction, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, scaffolding, flexible grouping and use of technology into daily classroom practice to ensure access for all.
- Pupils enjoy expressing their creativity through singing and playing an instrument. They experience the enjoyment of music both through listening and performing.
- Self-esteem, confidence and well-being are developed alongside teamwork and collaboration skills.
- Pupils leave primary education with a broad experience of singing and performing. The experience of playing instruments and performing in different contexts can be transferred and built on during their secondary education and beyond.