St Marie’s Catholic Primary School
Curriculum Guide Music
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
At St Marie’s we work as musicians
Link to National Curriculum Music PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Music
At St Marie’s we believe in -
ensuring that all pupils:
At Saint Marie’s our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We want our children to develop a curiosity and appreciation of music, be involved in musical activities and be able to understand and use the technical language associated with the subject.
Music lessons are delivered weekly by teachers or HLTA.
The teaching of music is delivered weekly in Year 4, by a specialist teacher from Wigan Music Wider Opportunities.
Children are taught to describe key characteristics as well as understand and use technical terminology and specialist vocabulary.
Whilst gathering together for whole school assemblies, children will listen to a wide range of classical music, introducing them to composers and their work, and enabling them to identify and appreciate different styles and genres.
Children will undertake independent work, and will have the opportunity to work in groups and discuss work with peers.
Lessons focus on a wide range of musical skills and understanding, including the following:
Planning of the music curriculum is tailored towards three areas of progress:
The school uses Charranga as a music scheme to support these areas of progress.
The majority of children achieve age related expectations in music at the end of their cohort year. Evidence for this is gathered through pupil voice, observations and ongoing formative self/peer/teacher assessment. At the end of each academic year teachers assess children against age related expectations and this is communicated to parents and governors.
At the end of year 4 children become percussion specialists after a year of specialist teaching from the Wigan Music Service and this also provides CPD for our staff.
Children can dissect music, comprehend its parts and discuss using the key vocabulary.
They can sing and feel a pulse.
All children gain audience performance experience though regular performances to whole school, parents and local and wider community. We are passionate in providing enrichment experiences such as Music Ministry, community singing, collaborative concerts with other local schools which celebrate our children’s confidence and skill in music.
Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer.
What makes a good musician at Saint Marie’s?
A good musician:
Listens and responds to music they hear
Expresses themselves through music
Shows growing confidence to perform in front of others
Thinks on the spot and makes quick decisions
Communicates and collaborates as part of a team
Perseveres and shows resilience when tasks are challenging
Knows that music does not always have one answer because there are lots of unique and creative outcomes