Music at Diamond Wood Community Academy
Diamond Wood Community Academy serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language is therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our topics. By the time children will leave us in Year 2 we want them to be able to discuss Music, using appropriate vocabulary and give their opinions on pieces of music.
We pride ourselves on providing our children with as many meaningful experiences as possible during their time with us. Children are introduced to different styles of Music each half term and these are built upon each year.
The curriculum is topic based, however Music is explicitly taught. Music is skills based and therefore is often a stand-alone lesson which may not necessarily link to the topic being taught. We use the Charanga scheme for Music to ensure progression. However, when this is appropriate and allowed, cross-curricular links are enhanced through visits and visitors e.g. African drumming workshop, celebration events linked to RE e.g. Diwali day, Language of the half term – national anthems, Christmas productions.
Where pupils have special needs they are well supported through peer support and pre teaching key vocabulary when needed. If appropriate children with complex needs will access previous year groups to support their Musical learning. Our personalised staffing structure enables us to meet the needs of individual pupils.
Our school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting fundamental British Values. In Music we support this by encouraging children to respect and value the opinions of others and promote tolerance and understanding.
As a predominantly Muslim community, with increasing Eastern European influence, we promote the Music of different countries and cultures and faiths by listening and appraising these in our Music lessons.
We also have an Arts Council in school made up of one nominated child per class. These children do a variety of things in school to promote The Arts. This includes running a selection of competitions across the school year and helping to plan Arts Week.
Every school year we hold an Arts Week. This is an entire week devoted to learning about The Arts. The whole school completes different activities based around Music, Art, Design and Technology Drama and Dance. These are some photos from last year’s Arts week.
Our Music Curriculum
Music Position Statement
At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our Music curriculum is to ensure all staff develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS: Expressive Arts and Design. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for Music as children progress into Key Stage One.
In recent years, PPA teachers mainly taught Music lessons. However, we have made it compulsory for class teachers to deliver the lessons themselves this year. This will support them in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject and our Music curriculum.
In order to support this, teachers will use IRIS technology regularly to record aspects of a Music lesson and share with the Music leads. Feedback will be provided and there will be increased opportunities for the sharing of best practice between teachers.
As a school Oracy is a main area of focus. We will continue with work already started to ensure clear, progressive teaching of musical vocabulary within all year groups from Nursery to Year Two. For this reason, the main focus for teachers IRIS observations this year will be ensuring that children are taught all of the musical vocabulary they missed during the COVID-19 school closure. Our vocabulary progression map and the Music action plan have been shared with all staff. This is alongside information about the Music gaps identified after the COVID-19 school closure.
As a school we will be continuing to follow the Charanga scheme of Music to ensure clear progression of skills and the key musical vocabulary. The scheme has been updated for 2020-2021 to reflect current COVID guidance and to include the guidelines on no singing in class. All staff are aware of this and have accessed the school risk assessment.
Another area of focus within Music this year is to enable and encourage access to Music home learning. We have recently set up the ‘Yumu’ section of Charanga for this purpose and all children have been provided with a letter with their logon details. Support for this will be provided and developments ongoing throughout the year.
As always, Music progress and attainment data for all children will be collected and analysed at the end of each term and a report produced which will identify any further actions and next steps. Training and support for teachers and educational teaching assistants will be provided where needed or requested.