Music Curriculum Statement
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. We ensure every child will have the opportunity to learn a wind instrument for a year and are taught by a music specialist; learning to read music and play as part of an ensemble.
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 Years 3 and 4, the children are taught the recorder and clarinet by a specialist peripatetic teacher and in Years 5 and 6, they receive weekly singing lessons from an instructor from the Leeds Diocese. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.
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.