The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
Be taught to sing, create and compose music
Understand how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St Clement’s C of E Primary School 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.
Music is a universal language which provides ample opportunity to inspire and engage pupils. Our aim is to provide a learning environment that motivates pupils to develop a love of music which will in turn increase their self-confidence, sense of achievement and belonging.
Charanga is being used as a key teaching resource to add another dimension within lessons, which includes more opportunity for physical movement to music.
The scheme of work is varied and teaching and learning gives opportunities for progression for all pupils. Sometimes the children work independently, sometimes the children work in ensembles. This nurtures a skill which is incredibly important in music. Opportunities are taken so music teaching is not isolated to just the classroom. Every Monday we hold a music assembly giving pupils the opportunity to sing in a large group. Music is celebrated in concerts at school and larger scale events such as Riversfest hosted by the Rivers C of E MAT, Mayflower Concerts and Young Voices so the children can perform to their families. We also have close links with another school in Worcester which has fantastic music facilities and allows us to share our expertise.
Instrumental teachers provide tuition for pupils who are able to pay for small group or individual lessons.
Ongoing formative assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
The varied music curriculum allows pupils to discover their strengths in music and we aim to build the confidence and skills of all pupils. Pupils enjoy the freedom to be creative and express themselves in a context where they can use their imagination and also make links with art and music.
St Clement’s has a thriving music curriculum where pupils have fantastic opportunities to play a range of musical instruments.