The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At SS Peter and Paul, the key objective is to provide opportunities to develop a curiosity and love for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and a respect for the role that music may wish to play in a person’s life.
Our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
We want music to inspire self-confidence in our children through development of a fun and safe learning environment, and encourage a feeling of fellowship through shared creation and appreciation of music.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly hymn practices, collective worship, performances (both in and out of school), and the option to learn instruments.
Classroom music is taught using the online scheme ‘Charanga’ as a foundation, but enhanced through the high quality teaching of our music teacher, which all classes have the opportunity to experience.
Every child is given the opportunity to perform to each other in class, but also to members of the wider community and their families in whole school performances.
The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is created, played and appreciated.
In the classroom students learn about the sounds that instruments make, from all four main instrument groups of wind, strings, percussion and keyboards. In doing so, they become familiar with the method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.
Music at SS Peter and Paul provides the opportunity for a learner to access fundamental abilities such as:
- interaction with, and awareness of others
Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer:
- They can listen deeply, examining the different parts of a piece of music
- They can sing and feel a beat
- They enjoy the feeling of togetherness created by singing together
- They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
- The enhanced positivity that music can promote may be seen in other subjects in the wider curriculum.
The children who enjoy singing are able to join our choir in order to explore singing and performing at a higher level.