Music at St. Patrick’s
Subject Leaders: Mrs Grimstead
Hi my name is Mrs Grimstead but everyone calls me Mrs G. I have the honour of being Music subject leader here at St Patrick’s. I have a passion for music and believe it is an important subject for all children. I play the recorder, clarinet, flute, guitar, keyboard and have recently started learning the piano. I have sung in church choirs for many years and lead choirs for numerous events.
I believe that music is a unique way of communicating which can inspire and motivate children. It allows pupils to express themselves and it can play an important part in the personal development of individuals and groups of children. Not only this, I believe that music reflects culture and society, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. We aim to make lessons a creative and enjoyable activity for all pupils and provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. To ensure that high standards are being maintained across each year group, termly monitoring takes place in the form of evidence gathering from class work and pupil voice. When planning lessons, teachers focus on topics from Charanga and Getset4Music. All topics covered meet the National Curriculum (2014) strands of performing, composing, listening and notation.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St. Patrick’s our aim is to have a strong musical presence in our school with a living musical culture, and to ensure that music an enjoyable experience. We want children to learn in, through and about music. The intention is that through regular music lessons and musical activities children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, performing, improvising analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at St Patrick’s is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We want music to inspire self-confidence in our children through the development of a fun and safe learning environment, and encourage a feeling of fellowship through shared creation and appreciation of music.We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.We develop hidden talents and passions from an early age and ensure all our pupils reach their full potential within our curriculum.Music teaching will help children to gain an appreciation of life in other cultures and promote key British Values.
In Music, we aim to provide opportunities to develop interests and overcome barriers through our ‘Curriculum Drivers’. These drivers are used to underpin the direction and development of our curriculum and to ensure that Music is enriched and personalised in order to meet the needs, interests and ambitions of our children and families. We want our children to:
- Develop a sense of pride in themselves in the community as they share their musical knowledge, skills and talents through class concerts, productions, Harvest, Christmas, singing and music making at Mass in school and within our Parish. Year groups share their love of music in the local community when performing at local care homes and apply their understanding the importance of being tolerant, respectful and how to value the needs of others. The school choir takes part in city wide events including church services, assemblies, carol singing at homes for the elderly, carol singing in the local community, Young Voices, Diversity, fetes.
- Develop the skills necessary to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings successfully. Music creates another dimension to language providing opportunities for children to express themselves through dance and a wealth of musical experiences. When learning new song words children are introduced to new vocabulary, poetry and rhythm. The structure of music provides an opportunity for children to develop their communications skills and imagination and access a wealth of new vocabulary. We encourage our children to communicate their learning through music and through the use of technology.
- Know about and understand the wider world. Music adds to our pupils’ cultural capital by providing a wonderful platform to learn about cultures around the world including learning about great composers and musicians. Sing Up and the Charanga programmes use a wealth of world music which provides opportunities to recognise and explore many world cultures. Our pupils learn that music is used to express ideas and provide entertainment, for example, pupils from Reception to Year 6 have attended a whole school pantomime at a local theatre to see first-hand how music performance can be engaging and fun. We celebrate world music by inviting children to dress as their musical icon for a whole school musical role model day.
- To realise that anything is possible by becoming independent in thought and action and encourage them to imagine, enquire and become increasingly ambitious. We want our children to have challenges and feel the deep satisfaction of struggling and then achieving. This is achieved by learning about role models, such as the Wolverhampton born singer, Beverly Knight.
- To promote healthy living. Musical experiences provide opportunities to promote mental well-being in order to develop the mental strength to be successful and happy.
- Long term plan – maps the music topics studied each half term during each key stage
- Medium term plans – key skills maps and detailed knowledge organisers
- Short term plans – notebook slides (incorporate resources from Sing -Up and Charanga)
- Music Knowledge and Skills Progression
- Music Vocabulary Progression
- Music Knowledge Organisers