KS2 Carol Services, 19th December 2019
The children in KS2 performed a range of Christmas songs and carols beautifully in St Joseph's church. What a fantastic display of our musical talents!
St Joseph's Music Assembly, December 2019
Our Key Stage 2 children did themselves proud by performing a variety of pieces (some festive, some not) to parents. We heard folk songs played on recorders, Christmas carols/songs like Away in a Manger and Jingle Bells, plus two African songs, one based on the Our Father and sung beautifully by Year 3, the other a joyous song sung at the other end by Year 6. What a great showcase of their talent!
Carol Singing in Cheadle
A group of our talented Year 4 and 5 singers went over to Cheadle to sing some of the carols they had been learning for the carol concert. They sung beautifully to a festive crowd sitting down for a Christmas lunch.
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 3, 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.
In Years 4, 5 and 6, we have a peripatetic Music Teacher who delivers the Composing and Performing side of the curriculum. Having an experienced Music Teacher coming in ensures the children are challenged as much as they can be and can properly engage in the more technical aspects of the subject. Children additionally have a composer which they focus on each half term, researching their life and work and, crucially, listening to a wide range of their pieces in depth, considering the technical aspects of the pieces, their mood and the impact they had, plus similarities and differences to other pieces they know.
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)
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.
Through hymn practices and Charanga, children learn to sing in tune (all the while identifying high and low pitches) and in time and are given time to reflect on their own and others' performances.
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)
In Year 3, 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.
In Year 4, children are taught by an experienced peripatetic music teacher to compose pieces that include notes from scales (including the pentatonic or 5 note scale), repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns and a variety of instruments.
Through Music assemblies, weekly hymn practices and concerts, children are able to perform to an audience and prepare for this by practising pieces which increase their awareness of pitch, rhythm, time signatures and melody.
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)
Children build on their skills from Lower Key Stage 2, composing pieces that are notated down with different instruments used and a clear time signature. They also practise, perfect and perform the pieces they compose.
Through Music assemblies, weekly hymn practices and concerts, children are able to perform to an audience and prepare for this by practising pieces which increase their awareness of time signatures, rhythm, timbre (use of instruments), dynamics and melody.
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.