What Do We Want Our Pupils to Achieve?
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. It is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At The Rosary Catholic Primary School, we want our pupils to create, play, perform and enjoy music, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. Our aim is that this, in turn, will increase their self-confidence, aspiration, creativity and sense of achievement.
How is Music taught?
We use the ‘Charanga Music School’ Scheme of work to support all the requirements of the National Curriculum and to give our pupils access to a wide range of musical concepts and experiences. The learning within this scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing.
Our main teaching focuses on developing pupils’ ability to sing in tune and with other people and to experience a sense of achievement in music. Pupils are taught to understand rhythm, to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time, controlling sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically. Pupils are also given the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments in lessons delivered by peripatetic teachers and paid for by parents.
We believe that music enriches the lives of people and so we wish to involve as many pupils as possible in musical activities. We have a school choir which we encourage pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 to join. The choir meets on a weekly basis and, although its primary aim is to enable children to enjoy singing together, it also performs in public on a number of occasions throughout the year, such as at the Young Voices competition and at the School/Parish Fair.
The school choir also sing at School Masses.
We also provide other special opportunities for pupils in all year groups to perform, such as in class assemblies, Christmas Productions (EYFS, KS1 and KS2 have separate productions) and in the end of KS2 Summer Production – a show performed by pupils in Year 6.
We believe that an appreciation and love of music starts in the earliest days of life and can last a lifetime. It is a God given gift that has the power to soothe and inspire; to unify and heal.