Music is taught in line with objectives taken from the National Curriculum for music in Key Stages 1 and 2, and from the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in Reception. The whole school music curriculum is constructed to promote the consolidation and progression of skills for every child as they move through the school. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and work creatively with sound. Through active listening, pupils’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music are developed.
The school provides opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of musical activities and performances.
Curriculum Statement for Music
At St Laurence Catholic Primary School, we believe that music enriches children’s lives from a young age and provides unique opportunities to develop new skills, talents and passions. Our music curriculum aims to inspire children’s creativity and self-expression and contributes to fostering a lifelong love of music. Children are taught through a combination of practical and theoretical activities. By listening and responding to different musical styles, singing and performing in many contexts and becoming composers, children will become confident, reflective musicians. 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Our music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s knowledge of music theory, practical skills and confidence. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught weekly music lessons following Charanga’s Musical School Scheme. In Key Stage 2, children are taught music as a part of their topic lessons. Additionally, Year 5&6 have weekly Musical Theatre lessons with a specialist teacher. Whole school singing assemblies take place every week led by an experienced singing teacher. During their time at school, all children will have the opportunity to learn an instrument and take part in choir.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play instruments, perform, reflect and evaluate. These skills are embedded in the classroom through following Charanga’s Musical School Scheme as well as weekly singing assemblies, numerous performance opportunities, choir practice and teaching from specialist teachers. Music terminology is taught progressively in the classroom so that children are able to use language when composing, performing, appreciating and analysing music. Children are also taught key aspects of music through cross-curricular links, and music plays a role in helping children learn about other cultures.
We aim for all children to reach their full potential and grow on their musical journeys throughout their time at primary school with the hope that these early foundations will pave the way for children to develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music as they grow older. Children at St Laurence love to sing and perform throughout the year including EYFS and KS1 Nativity Plays, Rock Steady and instrumental concerts, our Whole School Carol concert, Year 3&4 Passion play, Year 6 leavers play and class assemblies. These opportunities, as well as our weekly singing assemblies, encourage children to develop their own musical identity, as well as giving all children the chance to connect with others and be a part of something.