Our music curriculum engages and inspires our children, developing their love for and interest in music.
According to the new National Curriculum “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity” (2014).
With this in mind, music at St. Mary’s is highly valued, not only because of the skills it allows children to develop but also due to the enjoyment that every child can gain from the subject. Our music curriculum will engage and inspire children, developing their love for and interest in music. It will also help develop their skills and confidence in playing musical instruments and nurture their critical engagement so that children themselves are eventually able to appraise and compose their own pieces of music.
The teaching and learning of Music develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of activities. Children are given opportunities to be actively involved in listening, composing and performing music thereby developing their sensitivity to and understanding and enjoyment of the subject. Music lessons also facilitate the communication of musical dimensions (timbre, pitch, texture, tempo, duration, structure & dynamics), through composition, improvisation, listening and appraising to develop an understanding of music from different eras and cultures. In addition to this, every child has the opportunity to learn an instrument in KS2, and the chance to continue learning for a total of 3 years free of charge.
Teachers assess children’s work in music by observing them work during lessons. At the end of the year, teachers make a judgement against progression and attainment, thus informing planning and informing an annual assessment of progress for each child.