The Music National Curriculum
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (National Curriculum 2014)
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.
This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
Music Curriculum Statement
At Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of Music and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. Our principal aim 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 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.
To develop a curiosity for and an understanding of the value of music for them, in our community and global world
To nurture happy and enthusiastic learners of Music who are eager to achieve their very best
At St Peter and St Paul's our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through ‘doing’ music and from receiving a wide range of happy and rich memories, formed through interesting and exciting experiences. We want to ensure and enhance every child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner, through active listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, composing and performing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by attending live musical performances and participating in school productions as well as Wirral wide authority performance initiatives. Other opportunities might include visits to concerts, meeting musicians, professional musicians visiting schools to work with pupils, musicians from other schools sharing their expertise with staff and children.
We implement a curriculum that ensures progression and coverage across both Key Stage 1 and 2 in line with the National Curriculum, whilst following pupil interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. The curriculum, mostly be delivered by a music specialist, consists of carefully designed schemes of learning in music ensuring consistency and the progress of all learners. We aim to provide the opportunity for our children to experience live music concerts both in school and at other local venues. Children will understand how music is used in the wider world including careers.
Our children are happy learners within Music. They will experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in the art and know appropriate responses to them. Through music children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents
Visits within Music will enrich the lives of the children and they will be able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding. Children will talk enthusiastically about their learning in Music and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
Fundamental British Values are evident in Music and children understand how Music can celebrate difference. Through wider reading in music, children will gain an appreciation and understanding of the background and historical context of music and of the lives and interactions of the composers. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best of the best.