Music

At Mount Pleasant Primary School, our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. We believe music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle of personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of each pupil.  Music reflects the culture and society we lie in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world in which we live. Children will also learn how to work as a team and they will experience a sense of community and belonging.

Music Subject Leader: Mrs Lees

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We provide opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. The national curriculum and Mount Pleasant Primary School aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.

  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.

  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.

Mount Pleasant Primary School​

Newton Lane

Darlington

Co. Durham

DL3 9HE

Lingfield Education Trust DPO

cbracken@lingfieldeducationtrust.com

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Tel: 01325 244 950

Email: admin@mountpleasant.darlington.sch.uk