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 the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, 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.
In Music, we aim to provide an opportunity 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 Young Voice and various Choir competitions.
- 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 provides a wonderful platform to learn about cultures around the world. The Charanga programme uses 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.
- To realise that anything is possible by becoming independent in thought and action and encourage them to imagine, enquire and become increasingly ambitious. This is achieved by learning about role models, such as the singer 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.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In Year 4 students learn how to play instruments such as drums and Ukulele. In doing so children begin to understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied curriculum, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They understand how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.