All pupils at Lakeside Primary Academy are given the chance to shine. Music lessons are fun, varied, engaging and inspiring. The rich curriculum is all-inclusive, we celebrate our variety of cultural backgrounds at Lakeside. Pupils of all abilities and levels of confidence are encouraged to explore and develop their inner musician. Our school virtues play an important role in nurturing and developing musicianship at Lakeside. Pupils respect the abilities of each other and strive to improve their own skills. Pupils will develop their understanding of how music ‘fits into the world’ by exploring music from different cultures, a variety of genres and different musical periods, to learn how time has changed music through the ages. Pupils will experience a knowledge-led curriculum building upon previous learning.
An exciting programme of learning is offered to our pupils, building upon previous knowledge, experience and skills. Musical learning is planned as a cyclical curriculum built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all pupils. The broad music curriculum at Lakeside includes activities to improve musicianship, singing, playing instruments, composing, performing and listening. Pupils in Early Years and Key Stage 1 are taught the foundations of music in their exciting and practical music lessons, taught by the class teachers. In FS and KS1 we build pupils’ musical understanding, knowledge and skills through varied practical activities. The building blocks of Lakeside music education are the inter-related dimensions of music: pulse & tempo, duration & rhythm, pitch, texture, timbre, dynamics, composition, listening and singing. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught weekly by a music specialist who develops and builds upon the knowledge, experience and skills gained in Key Stage 1. During each lesson, pupils are introduced to and use a range of graphic and standard notation, musical vocabulary and technical terms. They learn to compose, perform and read musical notation. The application of these skills is revisited and built upon through a range of engaging activities and methods to ensure knowledge is embedded for the children to make clear progress.
Musical interests and talents are carefully encouraged, developed and celebrated through our further opportunities programme with the chance to celebrate these skills by performing to others. These include:
Whole class violin lessons in Year 5
Opportunities to experience one to one vocal, violin and keyboard tuition
Rock n’ Pops- pupils can join a band and learn to play the drums/ guitar/ keyboards/ vocals
We also run a variety of after school clubs at different times throughout the year including:
Key Stage 1 after-school music enrichment club.
Key Stage 2 choir
Key Stage 2 Bucket drumming club
The impact of our music curriculum is measured through pupil voice, parent voice, lesson monitoring, ongoing assessments, pupils’ work, photographs and video clips. The impact of the curriculum can be seen in pupils’ articulating the key vocabulary in lessons, talking about composers and time periods and offering thoughtful reflections and appraisals of music. Through music, our pupils develop an understanding of cultures and music history. Pupils are able to enjoy music as a listener, creator or performer.
Music Knowledge Organisers
Subject Specific Knowledge Organisers are used as a reference point for children, staff and parents enabling all to be clear with the key vocabulary for each area of the curriculum.