Our Music Lead is Mr. Austin
At St Edward’s Catholic Primary School our intent for music is for our children:-
- to enjoy and appreciate music in its many forms
- to know about some important composers, listening to and enjoying some of their music
- to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing, listening and appraising
- to develop their understanding of how music can take a variety of forms and that music can reflect other times and places
- to develop their independence, self-esteem, motivation and their ability to work with others
- to have opportunities to take part in musical activities by playing and singing in a group
Music is taught by our class teachers and a specialist music teacher delivers ukulele lessons in Year Four (these will commence in Term Three). Every term, each class receives the equivalent of 45 minutes of music a week, though this may be taught in blocks.
In Early Years there is an emphasis on "finding the singing voice". The children learn a wide variety of songs and singing games which develop a sense of beat, aural memory, co-ordination and enjoyment. They also explore simple percussion instruments and begin simple composition and graphic notation.
Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter related dimensions of music
Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music
Extra Curricular Music
All children take part in a weekly singing assembly, learning new songs and hymns and often singing in parts.
We also offer a wide range of musical opportunities outside lessons. We regularly take part in local music festivals, choir competitions and performances at school and in the wider community.