Curriculum and Provision
The scheme of work for music is the Bristol Primary Curriculum that focuses on the 5 core skills: playing and performing, notation, composition, listening, and the history of music. Across each year group, the 7 inter-related dimensions (structure, pitch, timbre, duration, tempo, dynamics and texture) of music are at the heart of what is taught. Within the curriculum, pupils have wide and varied musical experiences to develop their practical skills as well as equipping them with the language to respond, evaluate and appreciate all music they hear.
At Stoke Bishop, the purpose of the music curriculum is to allow all children to experience and enjoy music in variety of ways and be able to express themselves through music. Through the teaching of music, children are able to create and perform music through class, group and individual levels, which helps to build their confidence and teamwork skills. Often, music is mainly accessible to those children from more privileged backgrounds who are able to take full advantage of all of the opportunities available to them. Yet at Stoke Bishop we believe that all children should be able to access all that is on offer and we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. We also use music for enjoyment and engagement as we meet as a school community. We want our whole school community to feel that music is a part of everyone and is a very important part of our school life. Music celebrates our differences and unites us, connects us with our world, each other and ourselves.
At the end of each lesson plan, there is an area where teachers can assess the children against the lesson objectives. These also relate to the inter-related dimensions. This regular assessment will help to inform overall teacher assessment of the children for each dimension and skill.