Statement of Intent
Here at Barley Mow Primary School, our intention is to make our children feel they are successful musicians and to develop a lifelong love of music.
We intend for children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

Our curriculum will create independent, creative, curious, resilient and reflective learners.

All pupils are entitled to experience the benefits music can offer them to develop their confidence, listening, social and team skills. They are entitled to experience professional performers and musicians, make their own music with others, opportunities to learn a musical instrument, learn to sing and a chance to progress to the next level of excellence, if they so wish.

Barley Mow Primary School’s approach to music, takes a holistic approach in which the different strands are woven together to create an engaging and enriched learning experience.
The main 5 areas of music are:

1. Performing
2. Listening
3. Composing
4. The history of music
5. The inter-related dimensions of music.

Each unit is designed to combine these strands with a cross-curricular topic designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Across Key Stage 1 & 2 the children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control.

They will learn to recognise and name the different, interrelated dimensions of music of pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics. They will learn to use these in their own improvisations and compositions.

The school use the Kapow Scheme of work, which uses a spiral curriculum, where knowledge and skills are built up each year. Children progress in terms of tackling more complex tasks and doing more simpler tasks better as well as developing an understanding and knowledge of music and other musical notations as well as the inter related dimensions of music.

In each lesson, pupils will actively participate in musical activities drawn from a range of styles and traditions, developing their musical knowledge, skills and their understanding of how music works. In light of the current situation and the recovery of a global COVID pandemic, lessons will incorporate some aspects of previous year groups or terms where children have missed key aspects of knowledge or understanding. Lessons will use a range of teaching strategies including, independent activities, group and paired activities, as well as teacher led performances. Lessons are ‘hands on’ and make cross-curricular links to other subjects.

Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch their learning. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

Currently in Year 3, the school has made links with Gateshead’s Music Service, whereby children are taught by a music specialist once a week, where they have the opportunity to learn an instrument which is at this time is the ukulele.

Music is timetabled once a week and taught discreetly, according to current government guidance. This allows children to review and revisit knowledge and skills each week, as well as learning new ones.

After the implementation of Barley Mow Primary School’s music curriculum, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of skill and knowledge to enable them to succeed in their secondary school education and be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.

The expected impact of following the Kapow scheme will be that children will:
• Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.

• Be able to show an appreciation and respect a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical contexts in which it is developed.

• Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.

• Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music, being able to identify their own personal musical preferences.

Music Policy

Music Long Term Plan

Progression in Music skills

National Curriculum Guidance

Year 3 Class Assembly

A huge well done to Year 3 for their class assembly. The children worked hard learning about the Romans in their history lessons which helped them to share information during their assembly. The children practised songs as well as the ukulele during their music...

Musical Superheroes!

In Music this term we will be creating our own piece of superhero music by identifying different dynamics, tempo and pitch. The last few weeks we have listened to different superhero theme tunes and today we created a short sequence of high and low notes to represent...

Spring Sing 🎶

This morning, some of Year 4 and Year 5 had the privilege of visiting The Glasshouse on Gateshead Quayside to perform in the Spring Sing event with other schools from around Gateshead.We had a fantastic morning rehearsing and then performing the songs we have been...

Little Movers

Reception enjoyed their last session with Gemma from Little Movers today! Reception started with their hello song and then travelled around the hall and moved in different directions. Reception played different relay games in teams. We were pretending to be bunny...

Celebrations in Early Years!

Nursery and Reception have worked so hard this week learning about three different celebrations. Both classes started the week completing activities around Pancake Day. We made pancakes in the playdough, while adding delicious toppings, used our cutting and gluing...

The big blue ocean

This half term Year 1 have been learning lots of new musical vocabulary such as pulse, rhythm, dynamics and tempo. This week they all showed how well they understand this by singing our 'Big Blue Ocean' song using different dynamics (quiet and loud) and changing the...

Exploring musical instruments

Reception listened to the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We named each instruments and then explored them. We then discussed how instruments can represent a certain mood, character or action. We discussed whether the musical instruments should be...

Moving to music

Reception enjoyed listening to the lyrics and melody of the ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’. They followed the instructions to move to the music. The children changed their movements to reflect the tempo, pitch and dynamic of the piece. Reception explored dancing alone, with...

Little Movers

Reception thoroughly enjoyed their first session back with Gemma from Little Movers. They explored different ways of moving around the hall to warm up. Reception used their good listening ears to know when they needed to FREEZE! They thought about what animals they...

Christmas Choir

Our Christmas choir brought music and joy to the residents of Appletree Care Home. They danced, sang and smiled their way through some Christmas classics and enjoyed every second of it! After school, the Christmas choir also put on a special performance for their...