Music throughout school embodies the St Peter’s Spirit in a positive and meaningful way.
Performing, taking part in musical activities; listening to and creating music; makes our school a happy place to be. In all the music work we are given, we do the best that we can do.
Through teaching and delivering a high quality music education, our school engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We want children to enjoy singing and playing instruments which are central to our music. Through Christmas productions, the units of work from Charanga and Ten pieces, the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. We aim to motivate and capture each child’s personal interest and develop their musical knowledge and confidence.
The aims of the National Curriculum for music are to ensure that all pupils:
At St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also begin to teach them musical notation and how to compose music in different ways.
We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:
Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:
This is being launched by the Wakefield music hub. You can find out all the information by following the link below :-
Year 5/6 have been enjoying singing like Adele. They have practised the instrumental section of a song. Children brought their instruments from home and others played pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. You can watch the finished article here :-
Y1 have been listening to some interesting songs and then accompanying the songs with chime bars. It was tricky work following the notes and keeping in time with the music!
Upper Foundation enjoyed performing a dragon dance. It was fun playing musical instruments and forming a procession behind the dragon.
Upper Foundation Stage have enjoyed exploring the sounds of musical instruments and performing to the class.
Y1 have been enjoying hip hop and rap music. They had great fun listening to and appraising the music and moving their bodies. It was great to see the children's confidence grow through the topic and they had some very creative movements in their final week. They learnt the song 'Hey You', added their own actions and then learnt to accompany the song with instruments and finally improvised their own accompaniment.
KS1 went on a Nature Walk around the school grounds. They then created a piece of music to reflect the sounds and feelings that they had encountered. They had great fun!