Music

Intent:

At Fosse Way, we are proud to say that we put music and singing at the heart of school life.

We aim to deliver an inspiring music curriculum that provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to participate in inclusive music opportunities and events, that will encourage them to become confident, creative individuals. We recognise that music has great benefits for improving communication and expression, alongside having a positive impact on wellbeing.

We aim for students at Fosse Way to develop their skills in composing, playing, performing and recording music, whilst participating in fun and engaging learning opportunities where they can enjoy celebrating their musical achievements together. We are a ‘Golden Singing School’ and have achieved the Sing Up Silver and Gold Awards, which demonstrates our commitment to our musical development and reflects how the musical opportunities we provide shape our positive school culture and ethos.

Implementation:

Through an engaging music curriculum which links to our school topics and values, students learn music through the interactive Charanga schemes, which teach the National Curriculum for Music and include a range of songs, topics, instrumental courses and creative apps, alongside exploring the English Model Music Curriculum (MMC). At Fosse Way we learn through the Charanga Musical School, Charanga Secondary and Anyone Can Play SEND schemes, following a customised learning pathway that is designed to meet the learning needs of all students on our Turing, Keller and Hawking pathways. Our delivery of the Charanga schemes is supported by our positive and long standing relationship with the B&NES Music Hub (now West of England Music and Arts), who regularly visit Fosse Way School and model these approaches, developing meaningful relationships and inspiring students across the school.

  • Students in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 sing regularly and perform together, exploring units of work such as ‘Classroom Jazz’, ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘Introducing Beat’ and ‘Enjoying Improvisation’, alongside alternative progressive units from the SEND scheme from ‘Introducing Instruments’ to ‘Boogie Train’. Students in Primary are aiming to build their confidence and love for music, alongside learning how to sing and play together and share their experiences.

 

  • Students in KS3 also embrace singing opportunities, alongside further developing their performance skills and exploring musical genres including pop, soul and gospel music. In addition to singing, they further develop their listening, understanding, composing, and improvisation skills through a suite of interactive learning modules and units of work such as ‘Music and Identity’, ‘Music and Film’ and ‘Music and Dance’ plus others. They also access studio session using a digital audio workstation, alongside alternative music technology schemes of work for students who have a specific interest in this area.

 

  • Students in KS4 and Post 16 are given many opportunities to develop their musical skills alongside their studies through access to music groups and activities including themed days such as ‘Sing Up Day’ and visiting musicians such as Live Music Now performers. Students in Post 16 are encouraged to participate in regular music options and can also access songs and resources through Sing Up and Charanga, alongside joining our Showstoppers Choir and Open Orchestra.

 

Impact:

​Alongside their musical development and achievements towards specific learning outcomes, we recognise the positive impact music has on our students’ social skills, confidence and emotional wellbeing. The music groups, ensembles and musical learning opportunities we provide ensure that students of all ages and abilities are developing the skills needed to work together, listen to each other and develop skills such as turn taking. Music also supports them to become more independent and to have confidence in their own abilities.

At Fosse Way we offer a range of music groups and ensembles for students across the school including our Tiny Trebles Choir, Showstoppers Choir and Open Orchestra. We are particularly proud of our orchestra, which contributes to improved wider attainment and aims to develop communication, confidence, happiness, ability to make choices and confidence in trying new things. These are all key skills which are enhanced by our music curriculum.

We play a meaningful role in our community by ensuring that families and local community groups can join in with our learning and share our musical experiences with us. This impact can be seen through termly celebrations for families, alongside collaborations with events and external performers such as Wells Cathedral, Inclusive Music Events, U3A Ukulele Choir, Westfield Singers and organisations such as Live Music Now, which inspire our students to become musicians and performers themselves.

Careers:

At Fosse Way, our music curriculum encourages students to explore a range of career options, alongside developing their independent living skills, relationship skills and physical and mental health. Whilst many of our students will aspire to be musicians or performers and aim to continue their musical studies beyond their time at Fosse Way, our students are also inspired to explore career paths such as art, animation, design, events, teaching, health professions and inventors, which pulls together the varied and creative skills they will have acquired through our music curriculum.

They will gain independence and resilience by practicing and developing a particular skill such as learning a favourite instrument, alongside learning to follow a schedule, respond to visual cues and develop their coordination skills. They will develop their understanding of friendships and relationships by learning to share ideas and provide feedback, alongside singing together regularly as part of a group.  They will also learn strategies to develop their physical and mental health including breathing techniques, body warm ups and the principles of good vocal health, alongside reducing stress through singing and music.

This quote from a KS2 student demonstrates the positive impact of our music curriculum:

“Music is awesome! It’s good to learn new songs… It brings happiness!”