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St Thomas' C of E Primary School

Music 

Music at St. Thomas'

Music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging links between home, school and the wider world. We teach music to develop pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.

We aim to encourage the development of:

  •  Enjoyment; enthusiasm; confidence; satisfaction and technical ability through practical involvement

  •  Perceptual skills through listening, performing and composing (thinking skills – reasoning; enquiry and evaluation skills)

  •  A wide variety of personal and group responses to sounds, demanding an involvement intellectually, physically, spiritually and emotionally (promoting intercultural development)

  •  Using different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically

  •  Technology as a tool for creating, manipulating and storing sounds (key skills- information technology and thinking skills – information processing).

In recent years Music has been closely linked to our Narrative Immersion curriculum. Music is taught across Years 1 to 6 using the Charanga Music Scheme, which enables teachers to deliver effective and progressive Music lessons every week in order to offer more variety and challenge to our pupils.   
 
Extra curricular musical activities enrich the curriculum and develop musical talents. We offer Singing and Recorder After School Clubs to Key Stage 2.
 
Mrs Lambert and Mrs Gaskell lead Singing Assembly every Wednesday.
 
Year Group Topics:
Year 1 - Unit 1, Unit 3, Unit 6
Year 2 - Unit 1, Unit 3, Unit 5
Year 3 - Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3
Year 4 - Unit 2 - glockenspiel, Year 5 Unit 2, Unit 5 - Blackbird
Year 5 - Unit 1, Unit 3, Unit 4
Year 6 - Unit 1, Unit 4, Unit 5
 
Children also sing together in St Thomas' Church for the following events: Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.