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Keystage 2 music.

Discussion in 'Music' started by Grahamdrummond, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. At key stage 2 does music have to be taught for a certain number of hours, for example an hour a week? Or is it up to a school to teach music as and when they can be bothered. Speaking as a very concerned parent!!! Is it also good enough to say that optional choirs, individual instrumental teaching can be used in an argument for national curriculum music provision. I think I already know the answers to this question, but I want some ammunition to go to the school with. Any advice and ammo' would be greatly received.
     
  2. At key stage 2 does music have to be taught for a certain number of hours, for example an hour a week? Or is it up to a school to teach music as and when they can be bothered. Speaking as a very concerned parent!!! Is it also good enough to say that optional choirs, individual instrumental teaching can be used in an argument for national curriculum music provision. I think I already know the answers to this question, but I want some ammunition to go to the school with. Any advice and ammo' would be greatly received.
     
  3. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

    I'm no Primary expert, but your post got me interested. Found some stuff on here http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/
    "At key stages 1 and 2 the statutory subjects that all pupils must study are art and design, design and technology, English, geography, history, information and communication technology, mathematics, music, physical education and science. Religious education must also be provided at key stages 1 and 2.
    For each subject and for each key stage, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught, and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils' performance. It is for schools to choose how they organise their school curriculum to include the programmes of study."
    "Is there a statutory requirement for how much time schools should allocate to teaching each curriculum subject?
    QCDA does not set time allocations for subjects. There are however, national targets for literacy, numeracy, PE and sport, and culture. Schools should determine the time allocation that most appropriately meets the needs of their learners, guided by these targets."
    So it seems that if a school is providing opportunities for students to meet the Music subject targets, then they can decide how many hours it takes to do this.
    Other interesting reading...
    General Teaching Requirements http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-1-and-2/general-teaching-requirements/index.aspx
    Music Key Stage 2: http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-1-and-2/subjects/music/keystage2/index.aspx
    Music Curriculum http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/uploads/Music%201999%20programme%20of%20study_tcm8-12060.pdf
     
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    There are no statutory time allocations for national curriculum subjects.
    From Designing and Planning the Primary Curriculum
    'The way time is allocated will depend on schools’ analysis of children’s needs
    and also on the aims, priorities and character of the school. Decisions about
    the use of time should inform the school development plan and be derived
    from it. Schools also need to take into account national initiatives to raise
    standards of attainment and to strengthen learning and teaching.
    The time given to a subject will result from discussions between the
    governors, the headteacher and teachers, taking account of priorities
    identified by the school and any constraints imposed by staffing or
    accommodation.
    Time allocated to subjects is likely to vary between schools, and between
    years and particular classes in a school. In addition, there may be separate
    time allocations for individual children or groups of children, in order to help
    them meet their particular learning needs.'

    Page 38 of this document gives guidance:
    https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/QCA02912.pdf
     
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You do need to consider the provision the school is making over the whole year. Many schools have special theme days where the focus is on one subject. Or a subject may not be given many hours one term, but much more the next to fit with the topics being covered by the class.
    Please approach the school with an open mind and a listening ear - the tone of this post is very aggressive (ammo' for instance!) - you may not have the full facts.
     

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