At St John the Evangelist Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of music experiences through which we aim to build up their confidence. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people, learning about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music, recognising pulse and pitch.
As they progress, we expect the children to explore more extended pieces of music, understanding how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.
The music curriculum ensures that children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom, through the structured music programme Charanga. Charanga enables teachers to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. In these lessons, children are taught to use some of the language of music, to dissect it, and to understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feed their understanding when listening, playing or analysing. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, developing the understanding of music elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Before Covid19, the children took part in weekly assemblies and regular Masses, during which the whole school came together to sing hymns. The children are offered opportunities to take part in various concerts and performances (at present, these are online) and are given a chance to be part of the school choir.
In EYFS, pupils are taught to:
- Sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
- Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music,
In Key stage 1, pupils are taught to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2, pupils are taught to:
- Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
At St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School, children are enthused and engaged in a wide variety of musical activities and are able to enjoy the subject in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. This varied programme allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve on. Lifelong skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted in the subject, as children learn to work both independently and as part of a group. Opportunities to perform and watch music within school and outside of school ensure that children are excited and engaged. They also learn to understand the significance and place of music within the wider world, developing an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Through music, children are able to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive.
Look at how much fun we have enjoying and making music...
Watch the video below to see our Year 4 superstars performing in the Bradford Winter Festival 2020
This is what our children say about their music lessons : " Music is a way of expressing yourself," Gabriel, Year 6. " Music helps you to think of the right words, " Ava, Year 3. " It's calm and fun and helps with your stress, " Year 3.