At Tywardreath School our vision is to create a safe and stimulating environment where all children feel they belong and are able to challenge themselves, take risks and flourish both academically and socially. To develop our children so that they value and respect their own and others individuality, culture and heritage. We are committed to providing a place of excellence with high standards.
To achieve our vision all our children should:
Enjoy their primary school years and develop high self-esteem regardless of ‘academic’ ability.
- Feel safe and secure and have a passion for learning and experience success.
- Develop perseverance, flexibility, independence in a wide range of learning skills.
- Be well mannered, respecting themselves, others and the environment.
- Make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
- Enjoy equal opportunities to succeed
- Develop lively, inquiring minds and become confident communicators.
- Experience teaching of the highest quality and develop core skills to a high level.
- Appreciate the beauty, the diversity of the world and their duty to protect it.
Music plays a vital role in our broad and balanced curriculum at Tywardreath School. Our music curriculum engages and inspires children to develop a lifelong love of music. We strive for them to experience and share the sheer joy of music making.
Children gain a firm understanding of music through listening, appraising, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Children participate in a wide range of activities designed to develop their musical skills and knowledge, as well as fostering essential life skills such as collaboration, self-discipline and commitment.
Our music scheme of work ‘Charanga’s Musical School’ complements the curriculum aims and scaffolds learning opportunities throughout the Key Stages. A broad repertoire of music (including varied genres and styles) allows children to develop their understanding and appreciation of music, as well as opportunities to create their own musical ideas.
Prior knowledge is activated at the beginning of each music topic and at the start of each lesson so that pupils can build upon what they know. By sharing and discussing the sequence of learning with the children and the end point of the topic we are able to be incorporate the pupil's interests and so enhance their engagement.
Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
We recognise it is important that children gain an awareness of audience, which develops their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Therefore, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, at events both inside and outside of the classroom, and in the wider community.
Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities to complement and broaden the curriculum. These include KS1 singing, recorder club and Taiko drumming in year 6.
Additionally we collaborate with the music service who offer paid tuition sessions, parents are also able to apply and fund a place for their child with Rock steady music school and this is subsidised by school for our Pupil premium children. This provides pupils the opportunity to learn an instrument within a band setting.
Music is assessed at the end of each topic. We use a range of assessment for learning strategies including:
- Questioning, feedback and peer assessment
- Teacher assessment
- Low stake quizzing