Music

Vision for Music at RPNS

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”

Plato

At Ringmer Primary and Nursery School, music teaching is an integral part of the curriculum and of school life. We understand that music, in all its interrelated dimensions, enrich children’s inner lives, deepen understanding and access to learning throughout the curriculum, and supports emotional well-being and self-regulation in ways that other subjects can’t.

For the initial point of teaching across the year groups, we use the Charanga music programme. Alongside other resources, and their own personal experiences of music, our teachers use this comprehensive resource to offer carefully sequenced teaching in all aspects of the music curriculum:

Listening and Appraising

Through music lessons, assemblies and focused Learning Journeys, children access and discuss a rich and varied range of music, which gradually builds their knowledge and understanding of sound cultures, from our own folk, pop and classical music, to those around the world. The building of musical cultural capital is invaluable to support our children access their own emotions, and those of others.

Playing, improvising and composition

Through regular music lessons, our children play a selection of good quality percussion instruments and are building their understanding of pitch, pulse and rhythm. Alongside these, we are gradually building capacity for further musical instrument learning, through the presence of our music service, a selection of private instrumental providers and clubs. Children use instruments and their own voices to start improvising, and develop through the years, to create some interesting and sophisticated compositions by the end of their school journey with us.

Singing, performance and the community

Our school often resounds with children’s voices, be it when Early Years children begin or end their day with songs or nursery rhymes, when older children showcase their current assembly songs, prepare for an event, or simply learn a song for the joy of sharing the sound of their voices. We aim for all children to learn to sing in tune, and to experience the joy of harmony. Singing is a valuable tool we use to teach throughout subjects, and this is evident when we discuss the meaning of poetry in songs during music assemblies. Year groups take part in class performances, concerts for the community and big events such as the Big Sing, each time with joyous appreciation for the impact their contribution makes to the listeners, as well as their own inner selves.

Progression of Skills

Music Progression and skills.docx.pdf