Curriculum Design at St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
Curriculum Area: Music
Curriculum Leader: Miss Mason
Our Music curriculum aims to engage and inspire children through a curriculum that motivates and challenges all learners to develop a love of music. Our curriculum is designed for all children to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. Children learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
In music lessons, the children are involved in making and responding to music. We aim to develop each of the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising in all activities and extend these skills by applying listening skills, knowledge and understanding of music. Music lessons are planned using Charanga – a fantastic music scheme that develops the idea that music is fun and is for life.
The children are given opportunities to experience a wide range of live music, both in our school and at other venues. They are also encouraged to perform their own music for an audience, developing their self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Music is timetabled for 1 hour per week. As part of our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, we encourage children in Years 3-6 to join our choir.
Our well-planned music curriculum ensures that children understand and know how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of music and appropriate musical notations. Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, children are confident musicians, performing to a range of audiences and discussing their musical journey. Our curriculum enables children to progress to the next level of musicianship.