At Drake Primary School, we recognise the benefits of enjoyable and challenging music education and are making it part of our everyday practice - whether through singing assemblies, extra-curricular activities, music lessons or musical experiences embedded into our curriculum. Children from all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence if they wish to. We are committed to ensuring children engage understand the value and importance of music in the community and get to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, and perform to wider audiences.
Drake has a high quality music curriculum
* Teachers are supported to deliver a high quality curriculum. This is taught in weekly music lessons either by the class teacher or by one of our Musician In Residences. There are also other daily music experiences such as singing, responding to music and listening to performances.
* The music curriculum is exciting, engaging, fully covers the NC requirements and has clear progression from FS to Year 6.
* Teachers understand the progression in music skills and are able to confidently track the progress of their pupils and effectively plan their next steps.
* Music is embedded in the curriculum. It is used to enhance teaching of other subjects in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject.
Music is given a high profile at Drake
* Children and staff are positive about music and singing.
* Staff recognise the important role that music plays in children’s academic and social development and in improving the ethos of the school.
* Music is visible on newsletters / website / school displays / in classrooms.
* The school share in listening and performing opportunities together and these opportunities are celebrated.
All children are taught to play a musical instrument at Drake
* All KS2 pupils are taught to play a musical instrument (regardless of talent or parental income) by a specialist instrumental teacher and have the opportunity to continue with tuition beyond the classroom.
* Year 2 children learn to play the recorder, and glockenspiels are taught from Y1 upwards.
* Pupils have the opportunity to join free choirs, ensembles and bands at Drake.
* Pupils who play music out of school are encouraged to contribute within school.
All Drake pupils regularly perform to an audience
* Pupils have termly opportunities to perform to an audience within the school setting and the wider community.
* Pupils perform with children from other schools and musicians.
* There are opportunities for pupils to perform at larger occasions.
(During Covid times our performances will be adapted and will be mostly virtual.)
Everyone sings at Drake
* Singing is part of everyday life at Drake. Children enjoy singing and teachers are supported to include singing in their day to day teaching.
* High quality singing is taught in separate key stage assemblies and teachers are supported to follow up in the classroom. (This is on hold during Covid times).
* Choirs are open to all children regardless of ability and are held in school time so anyone can attend. (during Covid times, all children will be able to join in Virtually, though only single year group bubbles will be able to attend in person).
Drake provides aspirational and inspirational musical experiences
* Pupils experience and have regular planned opportunities to respond thoughtfully to a range of high quality musical performances and experiences – live and recorded.
* Teachers are supported to make the most of listening opportunities.
* As a school, children experience a range of famous pieces from across the musical periods through the year and have opportunities to find out more about the composers.
* Children have opportunities to see live musical performances in assemblies, workshops, projects, external concerts and by visiting music teachers.
(During Covid times, performances and experiences are mainly virtual)
Drake uses digital technology to enhance music opportunities
* Digital technology is used alongside traditional instruments for composing and performing.
* Our curriculum includes units of work that focus on using ipads to compose and create music.
* We offer a KS2 digital compostion club for pupils who want to explore this area futher.
We know that music can make a powerful contribution to the education and development of children, having benefits which range from those that are largely academic to the growth of social skills and contribution to overall development. It is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Ofsted say that children’s involvement in music engages and re-engages pupils, increasing their self-esteem, and maximising their progress in education and not just in music.
Music also enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to
children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
At Drake the planned impact of our music provision is that:
* music forms part of our pupils’ daily lives
* most children in every year group will be working at their expected level
* children and parents talk positively about music
* all children can play a musical instrument by the time they leave Drake with opportunities available to foster their interests or flare further
* children will develop appreciation of different music forms and their place in history and in our diverse world.
* children develop the language of a musician
Pupils could access a wide range of extra curricular opportunities:
* Instrumental lessons – for years 1 upwards,
* KS1 choir
* KS2 choir
* KS2 wind ensemble
* Composition Group
* Ukulele club
* Drake School Orchestra
* Strings Ensemble
* School Arts Council - with representatives from every class who feedback on all aspects of the arts including music
We had excellent uptake for music lessons which are paid for by parents, with 23% of eligible pupils taking lessons. Even more of our pupils attended free lunchtime clubs. And while our afterschool clubs were less popular, we will continue to create opportunities to involve and enthuse parents so they share our musical ambitions for our pupils.
Pupils had a wide range of opportunities to perform.
* There was a rota of KS2 pupils who played each week in music assemblies and classes sing and play in class assemblies.
* In November, we took our Year 6s to the Royal Albert Hall to sing in a Youth Prom. A once in a lifetime opportunity for these children that they will always remember.
* In December we held a series of Christmas assemblies and performances. Every child from Reception to Y6 had an opportunity to sing and perform. In the KS2 concert all pupils performed something they had helped develop with their class teacher and our Musician in Residence with three of the year groups performing on the instruments they have been learning to play and our instrumentalists performing and accompanying the singing.
* In June our school participated in the Norfolk Music Hub’s Virtual Big Sing.
We had many more events due to take place including:
* In March the KS1 were due to sing in a CASMA concert with hundreds of other children. We were in the process of applying for a grant to fund a whole school music project to make a music video in May. In June we were to hold our first Drake Summer Arts Festival which was going to include recitals and concerts put on by both our pupils and visitors. Musical workshops were planned including steel pans and World Music and the launch of our Music Video. And in July we were preparing to perform our own concert at the Norfolk Show. This was going to include our orchestra, ensembles and choirs in a celebration of our achievements.
Children were making good progress
Our data from the first part of the 2019-20 school year showed that overall, most children are working at ‘just at expected standard’ which given a legacy of music being under-taught and under-resourced, shows good progress for our school.
This year we will using a variety of ways to monitor the impact our teaching of music has on our pupils.
We will be:
* assessing and monitoring the progress of children against our progression map.
* monitoring how many children are accessing our extra curricular opportunities - adapting if necessary to make sure they are inclusive, exciting and inviting.
* collecting ongoing feedback from parents and from our Schools Art Council
* monitoring how well we are embedding musical experiences across the curriculum – supporting teachers as necessary to find links within their topics.
* monitoring the diversity of musical experiences our pupils receive with our Social Justice Team.
* using Learning Walks to check on visbility of music in the school and to talk to children about their learning and how they feel about music.
* observing lessons to look at how questioning is used to extend children’s thinking and to see the language and vocabulary children are using.