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Curriculum Leader: Mrs Victoria Edwards

Intent: At Theddlethorpe Academy we believe that music encourages imagination, self-confidence and originality. We think that music gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences across the curriculum. Music is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your voice, your eyes and your whole personality to ignite imagination and expression.

Through the introduction of a music scheme called Charanga, and by linking it to a range of thematic topics, our Music curriculum builds the importance of creativity through performing, listening and expression, starting at an early age in the Early Years through Expressive Arts and Design and Being Imaginative. It encourages a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Theddlethorpe Academy is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. 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 involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

What approach do we take to teaching Music? Fundamental skills and knowledge are taught to children through a carefully planned programme throughout each pupil’s s time at Theddlethorpe. All children gain a simple understanding of musical notation, playing an instrument, composition, listening and analysing music. Teaching is activity based. Each half term, or sometimes term, children work towards a goal, this will culminate in either a performance to the class or the playing of a piece with the class as a whole.

We use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2.

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Theddlethorpe Academy Principal

Mrs Susan Cook