Our Intent

Music at Crookesbroom Primary Academy engages, inspires and challenges pupils equipping them with the knowledge and skills to appraise, perform, compose and record their musical experiences.

Opportunities are provided to express their own point of view through termly music weeks. Pupils develop their knowledge and thought processes through the core elements of performance, composition and appraisal. Through these weeks, pupils look at significant musical figures in history and compare to modern-day musicians. Furthermore, in Key Stage 2, an in-depth look at a musician will be explored through writing.

The music curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and broadens and deepens their vocabulary; develops greater oracy skills and helps them to self-regulate their emotions; therefore improving their mental health.

In order for pupils to master their skills, we draw on the strength and expertise of Doncaster music service in order to strengthen the core elements.

In Nursery, we use music, rhyme and rhythm to encourage children’s listening skills and focus. Music is used frequently within each nursery session to support routines (eg tidy up time), build confidence (children performing familiar songs and rhymes), as a celebration (happy dancing), to support early motor skills (disco dough) and as a calming resource.

In Reception, pupils are encouraged to confidently express themselves to music and use a range of instruments to communicate feeling. Singing and listening to music and rhyme is an essential part of our early years curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported to perform a favourite song in groups or as a solo, giving them the confidence to perform for an audience. During our explicit music lesson, pupils are introduced to pulse and rhythm and begin to recognise this in familiar songs and rhymes.

In Key Stage 1, pupils explore the basic principles of rhythm, pulse and melody. Pupils have the opportunity to compose using percussion instruments and start recording their music using pictorial representation. In addition to this, they learn a tuned instrument – bamboo tamboo in Year 1 and recorder in Year 2.

In Key Stage 2, pupils build upon their initial Key Stage 1 skills with increasing confidence and control. They have opportunities to write accompaniments to familiar songs; develop their own experiment pieces of work and start to compose in parts. Pupils learn standard notation and apply this through weekly ukulele sessions. In Lower Key Stage 2, pupils participate in weekly whole-class ukulele sessions and in Upper Key Stage 2, pupils have the opportunity to further develop their mastery of the ukulele.

We celebrate pupil’s enthusiasm for music through the opportunity to audition for our award-winning Key Stage 2 choir. We also hold annual nativities; end of year performances; weekly whole-school singing; ukulele concerts for parents and the opportunity to participate in Young Voices.

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