During their time at Binfield C.E. Primary School (V.A.) we aim for all pupils to experience being and developing the characteristics needed to be a musician.
The Music curriculum is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2018) and the National Curriculum (2014). In YR, music is integrated within the ‘’Exploring and use media and materials”. In Years 1-6, we have divided the Music curriculum into Breadth of Study (what knowledge needs to be studied/what context the learning is done through) and Threshold Concepts (the big ideas and skills that need to be taught, repeated and built upon over time so that the learning is progressively deepened).
In Music, we use the ‘Charanga’ programme to facilitate our music lessons. It is designed to support specialist and non-specialist teachers in their planning. Throughout the term, the lessons are based on developing skills and linked with the wider topic and based on their previous learning. Alongside this, Year 4 are taught how to play the recorders as well as reading music.
In addition to this we have whole school singing twice a week to develop the children’s singing abilities. We also have performances once a term from each of the key stages where the children can show off their singing, dancing, acting and musical skills.
Wider opportunities to learn other instruments are provided through Berkshire Music Maestros and peripatetic musicians who teach both during the school day and after school. There is usually a termly music concert which enables all pupils to perform to the school and their parents, as well as a termly ‘Sharing assembly’ where each year group can choose to share some of their music learning for the term to their parents and the school.
This subject is co-ordinated by Simone Tissot and Becky Bailey.