‘A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
Our aim at North Tawton is 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.
Our curriculum is centred around ‘Charanga’, a music-based scheme, in which the children learn to sing and play instruments. They also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of pulse, rhythm and notation and are encouraged to use musical terminology in lessons in every year group. Every music lesson is led by a specialist music teacher. We are lucky enough to loan whole-class sets of instruments from our local Devon Music Education Hub and thus constantly have a wide range of different instruments for the children to explore and play. We regularly play to an audience, including Harvest Festivals, Christmas Concerts and Music Concerts. The school receives high-quality sessions from outside agencies, including the opportunity to learn African drumming; excellent and professional peripatetic teachers are welcomed at North Tawton and have a fantastic take-up of enthusiastic and budding musicians.
All children at North Tawton receive a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of year group or ability. All parts of Charanga address a clear progression of skills and knowledge, to ensure that all children access it at an age-appropriate level. Children are enthused and engaged in the wide variety of music activities and our own wide range of whole class instruments which the Music Department has built up over the years excite and inspire children’s thirst for knowledge and participation in this subject. A wide range of music genres are covered over a rolling programme and the passion for music shown by classroom teachers at North Tawton engenders holistic and ‘everyday’ Music Experiences for the children.