At Tonacliffe we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music forms an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
The Lancashire music scheme ‘Charanga’ forms part of our curriculum. This scheme of work encompasses all aspects of the Model Music Curriculum 2021 for music; being taught either as discrete lessons or as part of a wider topic-based approach, dependent upon the content being delivered. The music scheme ‘Charanga’ is a modern, comprehensive, whole school digital resource to aid teaching of the primary music curriculum. We ensure continuity and progression in our music curriculum using direct teaching, practical activities and opportunities to perform. Music is a highly specialised subject therefore, our specialist teacher delivers music lessons to enhance teaching and learning and give our children the best knowledge and musical experiences.
Pupils throughout KS2 learn to play the recorder in discrete music lessons with our specialist music teacher. In addition, a reorder club is held once weekly during lunchtime. Year 3 children also have weekly singing tuition with the music specialist teacher to form our Year 3 choir. Children from years 4 to 6 are invited to join our long standing, successful KS2 choir and KS2 Boys’ choir.
Music specialist teachers from Lancashire Music Service deliver discrete instrument tuition to groups and individual children from Reception- Year 6. Instrument players are invited to join our School Band who rehearse once weekly after school.
At Tonacliffe we pride ourselves on our musical achievements. Annually, in school (pre-COVID-19), we hosted a Musical Evening, Christmas performances, Singing events and a Year 6 Summer Show for our parents, carers and the wider community to attend. As part of our recovery plan, following restrictions placed on music teaching and learning during the coronavirus pandemic, we are excited to reintroduce and develop our school band and recorder ensemble, along with the school choir and whole school singing assemblies. These experiences are invaluable for our children to practise and perform to a variety of audiences and most importantly boost their self-esteem and enjoy making music and singing together.
At Tonacliffe we believe that music experiences in the early years are vital for the children to develop competent speech and language and a shared, cultural identity. Music resources are accessible through planned continuous provision. The nature of early years allows music to be incorporated into a wide range of areas and is planned for where music makes a difference to a child’s development.