At Ark Blacklands, we intend to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school. We also intend to provide children with an understanding of the history of music and the creation of songs.
Children’s exploration with music begins in Reception where they begin to develop knowledge of sound, songs, music and instruments from the very beginning of the year.
Our KS1 and KS2 music curriculum is supported by ‘Charanga’, a vocal based scheme, in which the children learn to listen, sing, play, improvise and compose. Through weekly (bi-termly in KS2) Charanga sessions, children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted. In addition to regular music lessons, children are exposed to a Charanga based ‘Listening Calendar’ which widens their musical knowledge and is specifically designed to relate to important yearly events.
Our Music offer is also complimented by Ark Music Week which takes place in the final summer term every year. ARK Music Week allows students to fully immerse themselves in a musician or musical band over the course of a whole week and encourages links to other subjects such as English, Art and Reading.
Singing and playing: Singing is at the very heart of our music curriculum, allowing pupils to improve their pitch, notation and timing skills on a regular basis. In addition, children all learn the Recorder in Year 3 and 4 and Ukulele in Year 5 and 6. We also offer pupils the chance to receive either violin or guitar lessons from specialist peripatetic teachers. From Year 4 upwards, pupils are also offered the opportunity to sing in the school choir, allowing them to widen and build upon their singing skills learnt in class.
As children progress through the school, they will also explore how music has developed throughout history, exploring both classical and modern composers. This will enable children to develop a greater understanding of how music is created.
At Ark Blacklands, we pride ourselves on providing pupils with many different opportunities to perform. Every pupil performs to parents at least once a year at Christmas time. In addition to this, pupils can perform to each other many times over the course of the school year such as at Harvest and during Ark Music Week. Choir pupils are often given the chance to perform in assemblies as well as at important school events such as fetes. Pupils who receive private lessons through our peripatetic teachers are also given the opportunity to play in assemblies at least once year. As a result, music plays a prominent role in our day-to-day community at Ark Blacklands.