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. 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)
Music teaching at St Anne's and St Joseph's is delivered using the Lancashire Charanga Music Scheme. This follows the requirements of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. At SASJ, we recognise that music plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community, and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies, concerts and key stage performances children are able to express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with awareness of others. Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music they hear and create.
The aims of our music curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
- Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.
- Listen to and evaluate the work of great composers.
- Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
- Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
- Use a range of musical language.
- Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
- Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned.
- Use technology if appropriate.
- Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
As part of the National Curriculum’s requirement for pupils to learn an instrument, pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 receive specialist music teaching of the ukulele, progressing onto the guitar from specialists at Lancashire Music Service.
In Year 6, SASJ is supported by the Catholic Singing Partnership, so that pupils learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and deliver their skills in an end of year musical performance.