The Curriculum at Springfield
At Springfield, in KS1 and KS2, we deliver a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga; this focuses, in particular, on following the ‘Model Music Curriculum’ non-statutory guidance (March 2021). The units are hand-picked specifically for Springfield pupils, which allows us to carefully match the learning to our pupils’ needs, whilst also ensuring that they progressively build on the key areas of singing, listening, composing and performing (both vocally and with instruments). In EYFS, teachers follow the Development Matters Framework (2020) when teaching music, focussing particularly on the following areas of learning: Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Expressive Arts and Design.
Why do we have a specific focus on listening to music?
Listening to music is fundamental to musical understanding. By learning to listen critically, pupils will not only expand their musical horizons but also gain a deeper understanding of how music is constructed and the impact it can have on the listener. Listening to a broad range of music also helps develop other areas of musical activity, including composing and performing.
At Springfield, we have followed the guidance of the non-statutory 'Model Music Curriculum' to implement a listening music timetable. Each half-term, each year group will focus on a particular genre of music, learning about the style, instruments, traditions and history behind the music and composers.