Focus Education has listened carefully to the expectations that Ofsted inspectors will have for schools going forward post September 2019. It is clear that schools will be able to be far more explicit about their curriculum intent, implementation and impact. Amanda Spielman talks of 'important' or 'significant' knowledge that will be life-changing in as much as it will be knowledge that pupils will take with them for the rest of their lives. One of the main features in this is to have a 'knowledge-rich' curriculum. As always, we are conscious of supporting schools to be compliant with future requirements.
These music knowledge mats have been designed to help schools to get across what pupils should know at the end of a unit of teaching .In using both musical and non- musical starting points each mat can be integrated into the wider curriculum for each key stage. The "knowledge" section of the mat is exemplified in the "composers and their music" section helping pupils to place their listening in a wider context. The knowledge mats connect vocabulary with its practical application, supporting performing and composing in the classroom.
Our expectation is that school would laminate copies of these mats, say one per group of four pupils. One of the reflection on learning tasks could well be pupils redesigning the original music mat to ensure that they will have life-long knowledge of the specific unit taught. These mats link exceptionally well with future intent and helps schools to make subject-specific vocabulary a big feature of the curriculum.