Catholic Primary School
Music at St. Mary's
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
Music is a universal subject which can be accessed by all children. At St. Mary's, we intend for our children to gain a good understanding of what music is and how it makes them feel through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, composing and performing. Our vision for music is that we provide every child with high quality music experiences which engage and inspire them. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music and to appreciate a variety of music styles. We aim for every child to leave St Mary’s Catholic Primary School with a range of musical skills, knowledge and an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing is an integral part of our school life and our teaching focuses on developing the children's ability to sing in tune, developing their expression and ability to listen to others pupils’ understanding of music will be developed through activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising. Children are taught to make music together with tuned and un-tuned instruments and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time controlling the sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically. As a foundation for the implementation of music, the school uses the Charanga music scheme to support the teaching of music in all classes. Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.
Children at St. Mary's will develop a love of music. They will have a better understanding of the history of music, a stronger understanding and appreciation of high quality pieces from great composers and musicians and they'll have developed sound skills in composition, listening and embraced opportunities to perform and appraise.