Music at Woodrow
"Where words fail, music speaks"
At Woodrow, we believe Music is a powerful and important form of expression for all children, regardless of their ability, background or needs. Music enables them to reach within themselves as well as build their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our intent for children at Woodrow is that they develop a love of music and see themselves as musical whilst building their musical knowledge and skills as set out in the National Curriculum. Music helps develop important and transferable skills such as concentration, perseverance, resilience, imagination, enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.
We recognise the power of music as a method of emotional expression and communication, as well as a form of enjoyment and entertainment. Every child will have the opportunity to explore and improve their abilities using voice and instruments, allowing them to develop socially and engage in music from a wide variety of styles, traditions, musical genres and historical periods. They will become confident performers, listeners and composers and make cross-curricular links. We compliment the delivery of music in the classroom with specialist teaching for every child, enabling them to flourish academically and artistically.
Every child has access to music both within the classroom and from specialist teaching, enabling them to build their musical skills from every individual starting point. We have access to a range of instruments and technology in addition to their own bodies and voices. To assist the teaching of music and ensure breadth and progression, we use Kapow Primary’s Music, which takes a holistic approach to music by combining the main areas of study: performing, listening, composing, history of music and the interrelated dimensions of music. The use of Mantle of the Expert within the school offers real, rich, meaningful opportunities for the development and use of music within a context. Progress is assessed through listening to musical responses, talking with the children, performances and recordings of their work.
In the Early Years, children experience music through both teacher led and provision based activities. They will sing, dance, play instruments and listen to a wide range of musical styles. They are enabled to express their creativity and emotions at the same time as reaching a deeper level of musical understanding.
Children in Key Stage 1 develop the skills and knowledge they have begun to build in EYFS and outside of school by learning to use their voices to sing expressively, developing an awareness of the interrelated dimensions of music through listening and playing, and will contribute to group and class compositions.
By the time children reach Key Stage 2, they are able to continue the development of their knowledge and understanding of the dimensions of music through listening, composing and performing music from a variety of countries, cultures, historical periods and composers. They will use technology to enhance their musical progression.
Children at Woodrow are given musical opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further support their growth as musicians. This includes its use to enhance and elevate our Mantle work; opportunities for performances in assemblies, Christmas and at other times of the year; the chance to learn the guitar; after-school music clubs; visiting musicians and workshops; and external events such as the annual Young Voices concert.
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Music is an inherently accessible and inclusive subject area which allows those who may find other learning more difficult to succeed and excel. It also presents specific issues for individuals such as those who may have sensory differences. At Woodrow, we enable children of all abilities to access our Music curriculum. Additional models and scaffolds are provided and changes to pedagogy and content are considered in consultation with the SENCO.
Teachers provide differentiated guidance and resources to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required.
The vast majority of children at Woodrow view themselves as musical. They engage with the musical opportunities provided to them within and beyond the curriculum, utilising a range of musical resources, from their voices to iPads. Demand for after-school music clubs is always high, and all children have the opportunity to perform both informally within their classes, and in more formal settings such as the Christmas performances.
By offering such high quality musical opportunities at Woodrow, we are ensuring that an ever-increasing number of children are able to access music as a means of expression. This will then impact their mental well-being. Music continues to offer the chance of success to those who may find learning more challenging in other areas. Children leave Woodrow with a range of musical skills enabling them to continue to access and enjoy music at their middle schools.
Our local music hub is Severn Arts. They offer a range of additional music opportunities, including instrumental lessons and groups for children of all abilities. Have a look at their website HERE.