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Holly Mount Roman Catholic Primary School

Nurture, Encourage, Love

Music Curriculum

We are Musicians!

At Holly Mount we are musicians! We want our children to love music. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be composers, song writers, pop stars or DJs. The music curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their music capital. We want our children to remember their music lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with.

The Holly Mount Curriculum is cross-curricular and our musical adventures are linked to our RESPECT Missions. We will sing like rock stars, compose soundscapes and submerse ourselves in musical history.

 

Our music curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the music National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children. 

 

Music subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared. These characteristics underpin all work in music and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and children. These characteristics are:

  • 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 styles.
  • 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
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