At Dalton Primary Academy, we intend to provide an enjoyable, inspiring experience that motivates children to gain a secure understanding of music and to develop creatively. Our curriculum aims to achieve the National Curriculum requirements for music by providing a broad and balanced syllabus that will ensure progressive development of knowledge, experience and skills. We offer a variety of opportunities for children to expand their knowledge of music, gain confidence and to express themselves freely through various elements of music (singing, instruments, solo and teamed). Our curriculum allows children to explore what music is through singing, performing, listening, composing and evaluating across a range of different styles, traditions and music genres. All children are encouraged and given the opportunity to play musical instruments during taught classroom sessions and through individual lessons with peripatetic staff. We intend to provide musical opportunities such as Singing Club, school plays and participation in larger events such as Young Voices. This will give children opportunities to develop, expand upon and perform their newly learnt skill and talent to other children, teachers and parents through various events. Through these experiences and learning these skills, children are able to develop a passion for music and a sense of achievement. Music at Dalton is varied and intends to provide children with lifelong skills and experiences, in which they can transfer and apply not only in cross-curriculum subjects but outside of school. We are committed to providing all children with these high quality learning experiences to expand and attain their progression in music. Music at Dalton allows all children to become confident, independent, passionate learners within school and the future.
Our Music curriculum ensures all children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. These skills are developed, built upon and embedded throughout their time here. All teachers are provided with a guideline of knowledge, skills and understanding to provide progression from the Early Years all the way through to Upper Key Stage Two. The curriculum is reviewed continuously by class teachers and creativity leaders and is adapted appropriately. We are passionate about encouraging and promoting music through an enjoyable, inspiring and cross-curricular approach that enables teachers to provide children the opportunity to use their music skills in topics throughout each term. Teachers ensure and maintain high standards and expectations across the school. Collaborative planning of music allows teachers to confidently and collectively deliver high expectations and standards of children within music.
At Dalton we provide the following:
- Thoroughly planned experiences to provide and encourage the transference of skills and knowledge to build upon previous learning
- Planned and well-resourced lessons to engage, inspire and challenge all children
- Opportunities for children to build upon skills and to perform these to various audiences e.g. Sing Spring & Young Voices
- Visits and workshops from experts to enhance children’s experiences and to develop and build upon knowledge and understanding.
The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
Take a look at some of our amazing work and classroom displays.