At Sunny Bank Primary School, we believe that a quality Music curriculum should develop children’s love of music. Pupils are exposed to a wide range of music genres to develop a love of music and develop a deeper understanding of different genres. We aim for children to discuss their own preferences and discuss how music makes them feel. Pupils follow a clear progression of knowledge and skills to develop their understanding and their ability to play a range of musical instruments, improvise and perform pieces of music. The skills which will be acquired at Sunny Bank aim to ensure that pupils are equipped with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
These aims are embedded across our music lessons and the wider curriculum. Sunny Bank Primary School uses a programme called Charanga to enhance music lessons. Teachers confidently deliver the Music curriculum and framework that provides many purposeful opportunities for appraising, improvising and performing music. Pupils in Year 5 have music lessons delivered by Bury Music Service. They learn to appraise, play, improvise and perform a wide range of music from a variety of genres and cultures. Pupils are also exposed to a wide range of genres through ‘Music of the Month’, in which pupils discuss the current genre in class and also spend time daily listening to pieces of music from this genre. Pupils enjoy a weekly singing assembly: pupils learn to sing a range of songs from different genres.
The intended impact for pupils at Sunny Bank Primary is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills in music. Pupils are to develop a love of music through lessons, singing assemblies and genre of the month. Pupils are able to discuss genres and identify them when listening to music. Pupils are able to compose, improvise and play their own musical pieces.