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Curriculum Music

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Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility

Support for schools – delivering your music curriculum

Wandsworth Music has a team of music specialists who deliver high quality curriculum music lessons to primary schools. Our bespoke curriculum teaches music in a fun and creative way which includes singing, playing classroom instruments, composing and creating music, listening and appraising.

With singing and performing at its heart, our programmes engage pupils in practical music-making and ensure progression and continuity in line with the National Curriculum. We work in partnership with schools to link lessons into whole school themes and really bring subjects to life through singing and music making of all kinds.

Primary whole class music teaching is normally delivered in minimum units of;

• 30 minutes per class for KS1

• 45 minutes per class for KS2

For further information please refer to our SLA or contact Debbie Huie or Natalie Simmonds

Curriculum Support – developing your music curriculum

Wandsworth Music aims to have an active and positive relationship with all schools in Wandsworth and we are committed to supporting the development of music in your school, both in the curriculum and outside.

Likewise if your school has particular expertise in music that you would be willing to share with other schools in Wandsworth, then please do let us know!

We provide free Music Mark membership all for Wandsworth Schools, which provides access to curriculum music resources and free and discounted CPD opportunities.

Music Curriculum Guidance

The following documents and guidance are designed to support schools in developing their school music policy and to help you evaluate and assess your current music provision.

Click here to complete the Wandsworth Music – School Music Survey

Durham Music Hub have also created this excellent curriculum progress map, which demonstrates how the curriculum can be carefully sequenced to show musical progression across KS1 & KS2.

New Ofsted Framework and subject deep dives

It is likely that the following might be key lines of enquiry based on the new focus on Intent, Implementation and Impact:

  • INTENT: What are you trying to achieve through your music curriculum? How is it structed?
  • IMPLEMENTATION: How is the school’s curriculum being delivered?
  • IMPACT: What difference is the school’s curriculum making?

There is also evidence that questions and observations include:

  • How to demonstrate ‘sequencing’ in Music? (Why this? Why now?)
  • How to show/evidence progression of musical knowledge and understanding?
  • How does a school support children who get behind? Or children with SEND?

Please click here to see the webinar, Why just ‘doing’ music isn’t enough – presented by Mark Phillips HMI, Ofsted Lead for Music. The webinar explores the Ofsted framework, the importance of a well planned sequenced music curriculum, deep dives and much more!

Links for further guidance and resources