Our Mission Statement has 'love' at the centre of everything that we do. We can share this love through the universal language of music. We aim to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music: encourage children to be confident in singing, composing, performing—and, above all, enjoy being involved in music. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.
We use the Charanga scheme of work for music as a starting place for our music curriculum. Please see below for the curriculum content for each year group.
Listening to different genres of music
Whilst Charanga offers excellent opportunities to explore different genres of music, the children at St Peters enjoy finding out more about the history of music. Across the year, the children vote on which genre of music they would like to listen to in our Friday assembly. We have created a timeline of music that we have listened to so far. This is what we have listened to so far this year, up to June.
Across the year, children build up to a musical performance to show the skills that they have learnt across the year. These are often in end of the year assemblies. Key Stage Two children also show the skills that they have learnt using the instruments that they have learnt to play in music lessons.
Additional opportunities for pupils to perform include weekly assemblies, where we often celebrate the many musical talents of our children, masses and liturgies, and class productions. We are also delighted to have re-introduced whole school singing assemblies now that the school is able to meet altogether after the Coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the of the Charanga music scheme, children learn to play the glockenspiel. This accessible instrument allows children to become confident in playing along with pieces of music, reading musical notation and composing their own pieces of music as well.
In addition to the glockenspiel, Key Stage Two children learn to play the ukulele, learning to play chords to accompany songs and their own singing.