St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Reddish

Music

Why is Music important?

 Music has been proven to help children's well-being and focus their concentration. A school which celebrates the musical achievements of its pupils is more likely to have confident, happier children. Listening to and performing a wide range of music also enables pupils to explore different cultures aside from their own, which broadens their understanding and contributes to a deeper understanding of the world around them. This is vital in a school like St Joseph's that aims for each child to be an advocate for change in the world.

The enhancement of Music at St Joseph's

In Years 1 to 6, we use the Charanga scheme of work to deliver Music. This ensures the children are introduced to a wide range of high quality Music that enables them to learn the necessary skills of Composition, Performing and Listening. The interactive nature of the scheme also ensures that children are properly engaged and adequately challenged in Music lessons.

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Music in Nursery and Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Music is covered in the Understanding the World strand of the Early Years curriculum.  Children are given the chance to explore their surroundings and test both real instruments and different objects for the sounds they make. Our children also experience a range of rhymes and songs which they sing along to, increasing their understanding of pulse and melody.

Music in Year 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1)

Composing

Using Charanga, our exciting new Music scheme, children are able use a range of tuned and untuned percussion (such as drums, tambourines, glockenspiels and xylophones) coupled with their voices to create their own compositions that include clear rhythmic patterns and an underlying pulse.

Performing

The Children are playing glockenspiels alongside their weekly charanga lesson increase their awareness of pitch, rhythm, time signatures and melody.

Listening

Through Charanga, children listen to a range of music from different periods in history and a variety of cultures, identifying the mood of the pieces, the underlying beat and the differences in pitch and dynamics.

Music in Year 3 and 4 (Lower Key Stage 2)

Composing

In Year 3 and 4, children use Charanga, our interactive scheme of work, as a vehicle to enable them to compose short pieces that include notes from scales, repeated melodic patterns, and a variety of instruments.

Performing

The Children are playing glockenspiels alongside their weekly charanga lesson increase their awareness of pitch, rhythm, time signatures and melody.

Listening

Children build on their listening from Key Stage 1, being introduced to a wider range of musical genres from different cultures and time periods. They consider the composer and compare different pieces by the same composer. They reflect on a piece's tempo, identifying too the number of beats in a bar and thinking about the pitch of the instruments and the timbre (texture) of the piece as a whole.

 

Music in Year 5 and 6 (Upper Key Stage 2)

Composing

In Year 4 and 5, children use Charanga, our interactive scheme of work, as a vehicle to enable them to compose short pieces that include notes from scales, repeated melodic patterns, and a variety of instruments.

Performing

The Children are playing glockenspiels alongside their weekly charanga lesson increase their awareness of pitch, rhythm, time signatures and melody.

Listening

Children build on their listening from Lower Key Stage 2, being introduced to an ever wider range of musical genres from different cultures and time periods. They consider a pieces from a variety of composers (both living and dead) and compare the different styles of different composers. They reflect on the pieces' tempos, pitches, timbres, dynamics and rhythms, considering too the impact the pieces made when they were first published and their subsequent impact.