Music

In St. Mary's, our focus is to make music fun and engaging so that it inspires and motivates children to be creative. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. Musical opportunities include weekly singing practice, singing worship songs as part of Collective Worship and assemblies, choirs and instrument tuition.  Regular class lessons meet the requirements of the National Curriculum as follows: 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils will be given regular opportunities to sing songs and represent their own ideas and feelings through music in order help them meet the Early Learning Goals: Exploring and using media and materials [16] and Being imaginative [17]).

Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught to:

§ use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

§ play tuned and untuned 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 will be taught to:

§ sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

§ 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.

Much of our class-based music teaching is through the Charanga Music School web-based resource.  The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week by week lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the new National Curriculum.

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Infant Site

Victoria Rd,

Newton-le-Willows,

Merseyside, WA12 9RX

Business Manager:

Mrs J Morris

Tel 01744 678357

Junior Site

Barn Way,

Newton-le-Willows,

Merseyside, WA12 9QQ

Office Manager:

Mrs K Corrigan

Tel 01744 678603