At Bridekirk Dovenby C of E Primary School Music begins in the EYFS through the "Create" and "Move" strands of our EYFS curriculum.
Throughout school (EYFS, KS1 and KS2), we use the Charanga schemes of work; The Original Scheme and the English Model Music Curriculum. This allows us to deliver a rich, ambitious curriculum that is well sequenced for progression and development within our mixed aged classes. We provide an inclusive curriculum that can be differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.
By using a mixture of both of the schemes, and by enriching these with real experiences, our music curriculum is designed to ‘’engage and inspire all pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon’’ (NC Music - Purpose of Study).
Links with Cockermouth Secondary School help to ensure that, by the end of KS2, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their learning and have the knowledge and skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Due to the pandemic, we are aware that there have been some missed opportunities which we now need to fulfil. In order to do this, our local context is considered, and we aim to build upon the advantages it offers as well as address the cultural disparities it exposes. Our school context is reflected in our Curriculum Drivers which are integrated into our music curriculum… we want our curriculum to encourage…
The enrichment opportunities we select aim to inspire these within our children.
We recognise that over the last two years there have been many hurdles to overcome; our music curriculum has been designed so it can be adapted and delivered when remote learning is required.