Subject leader - Emily Marlow
Here at St Andrew’s we believe that music has an important role in our community particularly as we are a Church of England school and attend services including singing regularly throughout the year. Children have many opportunities to take part in musical activities which allows them to express themselves creatively and in a way that is different to other subjects. Studying music allows children to build many transferable skills including language, reasoning, pattern-finding and creating, memory, listening, teamwork, creativity, responsible risk-taking and resilience. The teaching of music allows children with a different learning styles a chance to flourish. It also enables children opportunities which they might not otherwise have.
The aspiration for our pupils is that they have ample opportunities to express themselves musically and have a solid foundation on which to develop their musical skills and understanding.
How do we do it? / Implementation
Music is embedded within our day to day activities here at St Andrew’s. The children enjoy weekly singing assemblies where they learn new songs as well as practising songs which will be performed at events such Harvest, Christmas and Easter services. Music lessons are 30 minutes long and taught by a music specialist. The timetable is as follows:
Autumn 1, Spring 1 and Summer 1 – Reception, Year 1, Year 2
Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2 – Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
(Year 3 to be taught throughout the year by Class teacher)
At the end of section of music lessons each class will perform to parents showcasing their skills and knowledge from the unit of work.
Each lesson is taught using the Charanga scheme of work which follows the national curriculum and builds on skills and understanding. More information can be found out here. (LINK)
There are also opportunities for extra-curricular music learning. We have a choir which meet once a week and learn songs which the children enjoy. There are chances for the choir to perform throughout the year (such as at our Christmas Fair).
We also take part in the Young Voices performance. More information can be found out here. (LINK)