Music at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary School.
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.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
In order to do this successfully, there are many resources used in school to support the teaching, learning and enjoyment of music. Our school uses the ‘Charanga’ website and its resources to teach music throughout school. This fantastic resource covers all expected areas of the National Curriculum as stated above and uses visual and interactive resources to support the teaching of music in schools. School also subscribes to the ‘Singup’ website from which a multitude of songs can be accessed to enhance our themes taught in school.
School also has strong links with the Lancashire Music Team and peripatetic learning takes place in school for both guitar and piano. This is a fantastic resource for any pupils wishing to learn an instrument which parents can access via the Music Hub website.
We also have a growing school band who meet each Monday afternoon with Mike from the Rocksteady organisation. They perform regularly in performances for their peers and families and are a huge success.
Our school choir meets each Thursday after school and is predominantly made up of KS2 pupils, with Year 2 pupils invited along in the Summer Term. We perform in various settings over the school year from Mount Carmel - our link High School - to Accrington Market Hall and Town Hall to King George’s Hall in Blackburn for the yearly ‘Sing together’ event. We also regularly perform in church and assemblies at school.
Music provides an opportunity for our pupils to perform with their peers and during musical concerts, school productions and whole school shared worship, the joy of music enhances themes, promotes creativity and celebrates talents.