At Low Furness Primary we aim to allow children to take part in and experience music in a wide and rich variety of contexts.
Our hope is to foster a life–long love of music at the same time as upholding our Christian values. In music teaching we value inclusion, expression, community, creativity and self-confidence. We immerse our children in an environment where we all are encouraged to actively and regularly take part and engage in music across a wide variety of musical genres, styles, traditions and eras. This takes the form of music lessons, music of the day, classical daily listening and singing in worship.
We have adapted the Sparkyard Music curriculum for our Music lessons. Sparkyard has the fabulous ‘Out of the Ark’ songs at its heart, it uses a skills-based approach where key musical concepts and themes are developed and revisited across the year groups, building on knowledge and understanding at every stage. Sparkyard Music curriculum covers the National Curriculum for England and satisfies a wealth of suggestions made in the Model Music Curriculum. It also provides us with a wealth of songs, which we enjoying singing in class, assemblies and Church. We teach the skills of performing, singing, playing instruments, listening and evaluating music and develop alongside the interrelated dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in our wider community, and use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. These include community events such as performing in local nursing homes, church concerts and services, larger national concerts, choir, whole school collective worship and class assemblies. We feel that performing music in this way gives a sense of confidence, self-esteem, belonging and pride.