Music is a subject that is not only fun and exciting, but inspiring and academically challenging. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, something that at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School we aim to envelope in our pupils. It is a fundamental part of like at St Mary’s to come together and sing hymns in both school and as part of our local parish. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and foster their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical analysis of musical genres, creativity and freedom to compose, and to listen with understanding to a vast ocean of compositions.
At St Mary’s, our Music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and we ensure progression throughout the school by ensuring the whole school is are looking at the same area of music, be it performing, composing or appraising. We will do this on a two year cycle so that each year, the pupils are fully immersed in these three areas. This ensures that their knowledge of Music is built on each year and that they are able to focus on one area of Music in depth.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We teach children to…
- To analyse features within different pieces of music
- To compare and contrast the impact that different composers from different times will have had on the people of the time.
- To use a variety of different musical devices in their composition (incl melody, rhythms and chords)
- To use and recognise that different forms of notation serve different purposes.
- To combine groups of beats
- To sing harmony parts confidently and accurately.
- To perform parts from memory and from notations.
- To take the lead in a solo and group performance.
- To provide rhythmic support
The measure of our intent is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the Music curriculum, but that they also have the skills needed to move their learning forward. This is evaluated by monitoring the progress the children make through regular assessment and review, such as recording of group performances or feedback as well as children’s written responses for what they have enjoyed and learnt.
- Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary.
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Teacher assessment of key skills.
- Recording live performances.
- Children evaluate their own performance.