Learning & Curriculum
The Music curriculum at Masefield is rooted in the belief that music provides a medium for pupils to understand and evaluate the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others and to express their own. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. At Masefield, class teachers and specialist music teachers encourage pupils to be creative, imaginative and responsive to it. Music provides opportunity for personal expression and it plays an important role in the personal development of an individual. As music reflects our culture and society, the teaching and learning of it enables pupils to better understand the world in which they live. It is also important in helping them to feel that they are part of a community.
Music embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and we believe that it is our duty to develop cultural appreciation of music and to develop knowledge of key individuals and their contributions in this field. It is through these key principles that we engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with knowledge and skills to explore, invent and create their own compositions.
At Masefield, Music is taught as a discrete subject in order that the development of knowledge and skills is taught meaningfully and explicitly. Naturally, links are made to other areas of the curriculum but this does not dilute the quality and entitlement of high quality Music teaching.
The school’s long term plan for Music is designed alongside Alfa Education and sets out the content of teaching within in each year group. This is supported by Alfa’s music progression document which demonstrates learning outcomes within each strand of development within a Music unit. This progression has been scrutinised and adapted where necessary in order to meet the needs of pupils at Masefield.
The organisation of the Music curriculum provides structured opportunities for pupils to:
form a love of music and culture
provide opportunity to develop musical awareness and appreciation.
develop music as creative art and as a method of communication and self expression.
Engage in opportunities for learning which are fun, enjoyable and rewarding
increase self confidence and self esteem
develop pride and team spirit through shows and performances
Below is an example knowledge organiser from each year group for Music:
Our Award Winning Music Provision
Oxford Grove is a member of Music Mark, which places the strongest possible focus on the impacts and outcomes of music education for children and young people, musically, personally, socially and educationally. Masefield dedicates a full lesson every week to music skills, with a range of specialist teachers, opportunities to learn musical instruments and a wide range of extra-curricular music provision.