Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.
We believe that a music curriculum which inspires creativity is the entitlement of all children. Our aims in teaching music include the following:
The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of the school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which makes a great school.
(Model music Curriculum March 2021)
The lessons are delivered by a Music Specialist working in some classes alongside the class teacher, and the class teachers leading in the other classes. The school also uses the “Charanga Musical school” online lessons with the support of the Lancashire Music service.
Digital music units are also taught. The development and application of musicianship –understanding pulse, beat, rhythm, pitch is continual and embedded.
Further to this we aim to teach in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well managed and enjoyable. Links between music and other subjects are a feature of practice throughout the school. The Music Curriculum explores how musical techniques and skills can be nurtured and developed in all pupils. Such skills are expressed instrumentally, vocally or through music technology. The skills as identified are:
There is a love of music throughout the school. Music performances are regular events in the school year especially when we come together as a whole community. Children sing spontaneously and there is a willingness and excitement about performance. Children feel free to create and innovate when they compose and there is a willingness to evaluate one another’s work. Children understand genres and musical traditions and are familiar with music that forms our shared cultural capital.
Teachers skillfully ask open questions and challenge children to quantify answers and to give examples. Children are encouraged to be open and share observations and understanding with their learning partners and with the class. The children’s responses are used to inform future planning. Oral feedback and further questioning is a feature of all lessons.
We offer instrument tuition to all children from all classes. These lessons cost £4.00 per week and the children are taught by specialist teachers in small groups.