'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR SCHOOL VISION & INTENT
'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future. All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive and understanding view of the modern wider world. Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’ .
OUR MUSIC VISION & INTENT
Our music intends to capture the process of create, perform and evaluate, as this emphasises the importance of our learning process which encourages learning from mistakes, positive talk with each other, reflection upon learning and enabling and celebrating personal achievements and skills across our curriculum. Music has the potential to encourage skills and talents beyond what we perceive as the 'norm' and we want to build a regular platform for this. We see the 'Let's Perform at Mayfield' approach as a perfect opportunity to enrich music beyond simply a planned curriculum.
SO OUR GOALS & LATEST WORK ARE.....
Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' has been occupying my time as subject leader. We are working to three clear goals in our music curriculum:
* ensure our children can create music and demonstrate their skills, interests and talents within appropriate showcases;
* music creates the chance to give views and reflect upon music we hear and engage with;
* ensure that our music curriculum demonstrates progression and coverage for all year groups.
I am currently working to implement a bespoke tailor made music curriculum for the first time in years at Mayfield. We are working hard to build the performance and presentation aspect of our school intent and our brand new Mayfield ABC Theatre and Studio will be the central hub for our teaching. learning and workshops that will develop constantly. It is the beginning of something exciting and we have a long way to go but feel we have the beginnings of a unique opportunity at Mayfield.
'Valuing every achievement' has never applied more than to music in the coming 18/24 months as we work hard to build a platform for the promotion of musical and performance skills.