Music at St Andrew's CE School
At St Andrew's CE School, we aim to generate a love of music through our curriculum, where pupils are able to appreciate its significance and importance within our changing world. Music can contribute greatly towards our well-being, and allows children to express themselves in an aural dimension outside our capacity to describe in words.
‘For many pupils, the music they love will be part of the narrative of their lives and bring colour to the experiences that shape them’ (Cross, 2001)
We offer a musical curriculum that is broad and balanced by offering children diverse learning experiences. Through listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers, and as composers, we enable our children to become confident, resilient, and reflective musicians. Our musical learning aims to be ambitious, coherently planned and sequenced, and designed and developed for all, where all pupils are able to be creative, successful learners.
Children learn about composers, musicians, and different genres of music. They are introduced to musical vocabulary and this is applied in music lessons. At St Andrew's CE school we follow the Charanga music scheme, which ensures a progression of skills and previous knowledge is built upon. Children use instruments such as glockenspiels and boomwhackers in lessons. Peripatetic music tuition is provided in school, with free lessons for targeted pupils. Extracurricular clubs are also available in school, such as body percussion and the St Andrew's choir - 'The St Andrewettes.'
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (The National Curriculum).