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At Culverhill School we believe in the benefits that music can have on our pupils. We therefore provide music sessions to all our pupils in KS 2 and also deliver music technology to our year 9 in KS 3.

Music encourages social interaction, co-operation and greater levels of tolerance. The core of our music sessions are based on practical exploration.  Through practical music sessions, pupils can develop an understanding of turn- taking and sharing, which leads to a sense of belonging.  We host regular performances of pupils’ singing and playing  which can trigger a sense of pride, achievement and increased self-esteem. Music also can help the development of  gross and fine motor control by encouraging pupils to explore and play instruments.

Music Technology in turn offers a great opportunity to our pupils to develop additional potential vocational skills. In the music technology sessions pupils gain practical hands-on experience. Pupils are then encouraged to show and display their new-gained skills at arranged performance opportunities. Similar to the general music sessions, this can assist in an increase of self-esteem and a sense of achievement.

Both, general music and music technology, also can be fun and exciting and can have a calming effect on pupils in situations of stress. As a non-verbal form of communication it helps to express feelings and emotions.

The documents attached below are designed to show the overall academic skills coverage of year groups. Every pupil will be encouraged to actively participate, enjoy music making and thrive with their peers in the music lessons.

Further details will be found in the weekly planning such as resources used to support teaching and greater detail of lesson/session content. Lessons will ensure that provision is made for individual pupils, giving them equal access to their music making experiences.

There will be sections that are revisited to enable reinforcement of pupils’ learning of skills and allow the development of self-confidence and further understanding.

An annual review of this document will take place to ensure appropriate coverage is maintained and to allow for future developments within the school and the subject.

A high-quality music education is the right of every pupil. It should be inclusive of all, regardless of additional needs, in both mainstream and specialist education settings. Schools should aim high with music – an individual child’s needs may make some aspects of teaching, learning and performance different, but there should be no compromise on quality provision.

Indeed, not providing music opportunities for young people with SEND denies them a chance to experience the joys of the subject and to progress their learning in it, so schools should not, for example, send pupils with SEND to another classroom when music is happening.

Music education for our pupils with SEND is a long-term provision, sustained, rehearsed and nurtured carefully through effective personal interaction and collaboration, trust and time. 

Source: The Power of Music to Change Lives     

(A National Plan for Music Education   H.M Government   June 2022)