At Langney we have chosen to teach music through specialist teachers. Sound teacher subject knowledge promotes depth of coverage and effective progression.This in turn supports our staff and builds on their subject knowledge. This also gives the optimum opportunity for pupils to be engaged and inspired and reach their potential. Music lessons are therefore incredibly important and here we want to provide the best opportunities for our children. Through constant reflection on the quality of teaching we are prepared to take risks and think outside of the box as to how our music provision might look. Music at langney is never dull.
At Langney we love to nurture our children’s hidden talents. Through music programmes such as ‘Rocksteady’ children’s musical talents have been discovered. These are children who may not have stood out in class, but have proven themselves to have a natural talent on the guitars and some, as quiet as a mouse, have shown they can sing a rock ballad in front of the whole school with pizzazz! It is our enrichment and extra-curricular provision that enables this to happen. Children that have had these experiences at this stage in their life will hopefully have a raised confidence elevating their aspiration and life opportunities, whilst also providing some children with a passion or life long love of music.
Langney has long had a reputation for its excellence in singing, a funky Friday assembly with a hall full of children singing the rock classics and another weekly assembly on a Tuesday devoted to singing is a testament to this
We have various annual musicals. We also have choirs such as Little Voices and a KS2 choir that attend a club to rehearse for the Young Voices annual concert at the O2. Our choirs often perform during special assemblies.
We want to offer our children cultural opportunities that music can provide. Listening to, learning and being involved in a range of music genres and instruments. In terms of the wider arts, music nurtures creativity providing a well rounded education.
In order to get a broad and balanced understanding of music, pupils in all years, focus on the same music strands. These make up the structure of every lesson.
Listening and appraising
playing an instrument
sharing and performing
There is a clear path of progression from Reception to Year 6 in our Progression Framework Document. The specialist teacher will use this to inform their planning and delivery.
Music is taught in a variety of exciting and dynamic ways across the school.
Reception have once weekly sessions taught by specialist teachers focusing on musical games to teach the required skills and meet their end of year expectations.
Year 4 also have weekly sessions lasting half an hour. The end of year expectations are taught through percussion, where the children learn musical skills such as rhythm and tempo as well as opportunities to improvise, compose and perform.
All other year groups including Nursery, are following a different approach, taking part in termly workshops. These are linked to that year groups current Core Text.
Once weekly singing assemblies are also part of the children’s music journey. They are introduced to many genres of song, taught them and go on to perform them in Friday assemblies as a whole school. This is a real strength for Langney and has been a talking point for many years. We are very lucky to have a talented musician leading these assemblies.
Music continues to feature as an extra-curricular activity. We offer the ‘Rock Steady’ programme where children join up to become part of their very own rock band focussing on drums, guitar, keyboard or voice. This has proven to be very successful. This is led by an external specialist teacher who also organises opportunities for the children to perform once a term, to which parents are invited.
Peripatetic guitar and woodwind lessons are well attended by individual children across the school.
Music is assessed live during each lesson against the OTrack end of year expectations for each year group. These cover all the areas of music taught. A judgement is made for each child against the relevant learning objectives by the class teacher during each music session. This allow class teachers to ascertain the achievement of their class as a whole and to also identify any children who are potentially exceeding the expected standard. Additionally, children have also involved in self and peer assessment and reflection during lessons.