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 & 2

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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