At Holy Family and St Michael’s the 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 will do this by:
- Developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.
- 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.
- Ensure students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing sessions, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
- 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 made, played, appreciated and analysed.
- Year 3 students learn how to play the guitar and in doing so understand the different principle of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.
- Children also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
- Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
- Children have access to a varied program via the online platform charanga, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon.
- The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection.
- 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 dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
What does Music at look like at Holy Family and St Michael’s ?
At Holy Family and St Michael’s we use the Charanga scheme of work to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Lessons start with the Listen and Appraise section of the lesson.
- They then move onto the Musical Activities were children play musical games and listen to the song of the unit.
- In the next section of the lesson, Performance , children sing the unit song and progress to adding musical instruments .
- Lastly, the children consolidate or stretch their learning with Extension Activities using the suggested activities found in the teacher planning.
- Lessons are recorded and shared onto the staff shared drive as evidence.
Musical Events at Holy Family and St Michael’s
- The Big Sing
- Young Voices
- Year 3 Guitar session
- Year 4 & 5 Diocesan Singing sessions
- Ks1 Nativities
- Year 6 End of Year Performances
- School Choir Events (Stella House)