Music Statement of Intent
At Stanton Community Primary School, it is our intent to develop through music, in all children: enthusiasm, confidence, joy, creativity and collaboration.
In Music, our intent is for students to develop their interest in music and develop their understanding of the musical world in which they live. There is a need for our children to understand what the rest of the world gives us through music. Our school population does not reflect a wide range of ethnic or cultural backgrounds so it is important for our children to understand and celebrate the huge culturally diverse influences in music as well as recognise the successes of our own local and national influences in music across the world. Michael Rosen spoke about the importance of The Arts in the curriculum, saying that it is through them that we find our place in the world, discover who we are and find a sense of belonging and togetherness (BETT, 2020). It is our intent that the children experience growth in awareness and empathy and an appreciation of difference, diversity and individual opinion, through varied stimuli in their music lessons. This in turn develops personal responsibility within school and the wider community, especially when teamed with British Values.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is our intention to “engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement” – Department of Education, National Curriculum. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination, allowing them to evaluate their own musicianship as well as developing them as critical consumers of music outside of school. Through our cross-curricular topics, children make links for themselves (between genres, styles, composers), use music for self-expression and creativity. Our music focused lessons are enhanced by the enabling environment that is our dedicated and well equipped music room.
At Stanton Community Primary School, our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school, providing them with an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences that allows creativity and confidence to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. 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, both inside and outside the classroom and across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. In Year 4, the children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument via the Suffolk School Music Service and then carry this on into Year 5 and 6 if they wish to.
At Stanton, we have an excellent relationship with our local church, All Saints, which enables us to visit regularly and be involved in performances to the community. We are extremely fortunate to have a connection with the Armed Forces as approximately a quarter of children in our school have a parent serving at nearby RAF Honington. Agriculture is a major economic activity in Suffolk, with food processing a hugely significant industry. We want our pupils to appreciate our local culture, history and traditions, which can be achieved through community celebrations.
At Stanton, we believe music is for everyone with many benefits; social, cultural, spiritual and for well-being. Music has the ability to develop skills for life. It uses part of the brain which enables students to become better learners. A study by researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research concluded that music training "improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance."
In 1999, James Caterall, an arts education policy analyst at UCLA, found that students who studied music had higher grades, higher test scores, better attendance records and higher rates of community engagement than other students. Susan Hallam, from the Institute of Education at the University of London, said "Music should be central to the school curriculum because it improves children's health and wellbeing. Music is as important a subject for schoolchildren to study as English or maths". With nearly 40% of our children identified as in need of support with SEN or emotional wellbeing at our school, we cannot overlook how music can be an outlet for expression, a way to connect with others and a pathway to calm and relaxation.
Studies have also found that students from low income families who receive high levels of engagement with the arts are more likely to be involved in the community, do volunteer work, finish a degree and follow a professional career path.
Our planning is informed by substantive and disciplinary knowledge which build upon what children already know and towards what they will be learning in the future.
As our pupils progress our aim is to enable them to make links for themselves, express opinions and preferences and articulate their thinking using subject-specific vocabulary. Music helps children to listen and focus, to persevere and develop self-control. It can connect us to other people and calm us down.
Most of all, we want them to enjoy listening to and making music!
Children Making Music
Music in Early Years and Foundation Stage - coming soon...
For more information on the school's teaching and learning in Music please do not hesitate to get in contact with Mrs Matthams, the Music lead, or click on the links below for some informative documents.