At Norman Pannell, our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, cultures and genres. We believe that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians, thereby increasing their self-confidence and creativity. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps them to develop motor skills whilst also allowing them to practice self-expression. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform and evaluate their pieces and also others.
At Norman Pannell, we want our provision to impact our children to encourage them to be musical, creative pupils. In order to achieve that, our children will show a rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative composition and performance work. They will also display musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception and knowledge of music. Also, a greater awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres that allow the children to express themselves freely and creatively.
Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations, pupil interviews and teacher feedback.
At Norman Pannell we teach music lessons weekly to each class using our fantastic music programme called 'Charanga'. Each year group follows a different unit of work each half-term.
Each lesson is broken up into 3 parts:
Listening and Appraising - The children listen to different styles of music and offer their comments about whether they enjoyed the music, what style it was, talk about the pulse and rhythm and what instruments they could here.
Musical activities - The children learn about different aspects of music (pulse/rhythm/tempo/dynamics) through different games as well as learning how to warm up their bodies, faces and voices in order to give the best performance.
Performance -Throughout each half-term, every class will learn a different song. They work together to learn and practise the words first and then add instruments to compliment the music.
Keep an eye out on this page for pictures/videos of class performances!
Peace Proms 2022
Unfortunately, the Peace Proms are not taking place in Liverpool this year. This is an event that Norman Pannell have previously enjoyed each year. Here is some information about lasts year’s event and hopefully the Peace Proms will return next year.
Below are the songs the children performed last year alongside the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. You may wish to listen and enjoy last years performances.