At St Paul’s teaching and learning in Music is centered on practical music making. This learning experience is always placed within the context of performance. Pupils have the opportunity to take the skills they learn in lessons and apply them in front of the audience. In order to ensure that our children have the best possible outcomes we employ specialist music teachers who teach music from Nursery to Y6.
Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection.
We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
As well as receiving specialist music teaching children in both Nursery and Reception also experience music provision as set out in the EYFS curriculum. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs and rhythms foster a child’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
- Every pupil has an opportunity to share their musical progress termly as part of our Musical extravaganza in front of the whole school. Pupils have a chance to perform as part of inter-class performances.
- Singing stars and Y1-Y3 choir practise weekly and then perform at the Mitchell Arts Centre twice a year.
- Year 4 – 6 choir perform twice a year at the Sound Foundation concerts and another performance at the Mitchell Arts Centre.
- Rock Band practise weekly and perform termly at an inter-school concert. Rock Band also perform at least twice a year at the Mitchell Arts Centre.
During the concerts pupils play an active role with not only performing but also comparing, lights and sounds as well as designing the programmes etc.
The school Choir, Singing Stars, Rock Band and Guitar Club
We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. We have Singing Stars for Y1-Y3 where children learn to sing and perform through a variety of songs and games. The school choir, which we encourage all children from Y4-Y6 to join. Rock Band is available for UKS2 and guitar club is available to all of KS2 during lunch times.
A number of our children are also participating in out of school additional music lessons, which result in a number of children achieving Music Medals Awards.