Growing In Faith and Learning
Here at St. Leonard’s our whole school intention is to inspire a love of and develop an understanding of music. We aim to do this through listening, singing, playing, appraising and composing across a wide variety of genres, periods, styles and traditions. Where possible, we try to link our learning to other curriculum areas, creating a holistic teaching approach. Children are encouraged to learn to play an instrument outside of curriculum lessons and sing in our school choir.
Do you want to know what your child will be learning in Music?
Below you will find a copy of our Music policy which will give you an idea of what we are aiming to achieve in Music at St. Leonard's. You will also find a copy of our long term curriculum map. In our school, we follow a two year rolling programme (as we have mixed age classes). This ensures that children have full coverage of the National Curriculum and do not repeat any topics/learning.
To ensure that throughout their time with us; children are building their skills ready for their next stage in learning we have produced a progression of skills map. Take a look at the map to see what is expected of your child at the end of each year group.
Finally, I have added a link to the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. For Early Years music framework, please see the Development Matters document on the Early Years Curriculum page.
If you have any Music related questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bryan who leads the subject in our school.
We are extremely proud of our wonderful school choir which is open to any pupils in Year Two upward. The choir meet once a week for the whole school year and enjoy performing at school events, such as Christmas and Summer fayres and our annual Talent Show.
We also perform in our local community, singing at church events, carol singing in the town centre and joining in with the yearly 'Christmas Light Switch On' organised by the local council.
All of our KS2 pupils are given the opportunity to learn guitar or a brass instrument in addition to those learnt in class music lessons. This academic year 32% of KS2 pupils are having these lessons. In order to encourage all of our pupils to learn an instrument, we are able to offer financial support for qualifying families through our Pupil Premium funding and grants from Staffordshire County Council. Please see the document below for further information or contact the school office.
This year in Music the key areas for development are:
To develop the assessment tools provided by Charanga to assess pupil progress more effectively
To plan opportunities within each half termly unit to explore wider genres of music and how they fit into the history of music
To plan opportunities, where appropriate, for pupils to use technology within lessons to enhance their learning