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Catholic Primary School


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Music at St. Peter’s


At St. Peter’s, our aims, vision and values are at the core of everything we do.

We are guided by the key message of our Mission Statement,


'If we follow Jesus, the world will follow us.'


They define our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, capable, resilient and responsible citizens able to enjoy a healthy life to the full.


Our inclusive school community works in partnership to meet the responsibility of developing each child in every way – spiritually, emotionally, academically, physically and socially because each child who is a unique creation of God and loved by God, deserves this.


We deliver the Music curriculum through the unique approach of the St. Peter’s Family.


Why is Music important at St. Peter’s?

  • Through Music, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents
  • Visits within Music have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding
  • Music helps children understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school, church and wider community
  • It equips children with life skills to help them in other areas of their learning
  • Through music children will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning.
  • In music children are constantly using and building their memory
  • Learning music promotes craftsmanship and a growth mindset
  • Children learn to want to edit and improve their work to show excellence.
  • Practicing musical instruments can improve children’s hand-eye coordination
  • Performing music will enable children to feel proud of their achievement.
  • Children enjoy music
  • Music can help to children’s emotional development and build empathy towards other cultures
  • Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education
  • Music develops team work skills
  • Music is fun and can bring the entire school or community together


What are the key Music subject discipline skills?

  • Listen
  • Appraise
  • Sing
  • Play instruments
  • Improvise
  • Compose
  • Perform
  • Reasoning and justifying opinions
  • Working individually and in groups


How does St. Peter’s ensure progression in our key knowledge and concepts in Music?

  • Curriculum link are made to other subjects within a topic
  • Topics build on skills and knowledge learnt
  • Knowledge taught becomes more in depth
  • Increasing complexity of skills and music shared
  • Children enjoy music across a wide breadth of time
  • Children enjoy a wide range of music from across the world
  • Teachers assessments show precise knowledge and skills children will learn in each topic
  • Children develop their knowledge of music through a range of sources
  • Children develop their skills of music through playing a range of musical instruments both tuned and untuned
  • Children listen to music from a wide variety of composers and appraise the music they listen to


How do we know our children have made progress?

End points - FS children can:

  • Respond to music by adding movement.
  • Find different ways of recreating sounds using a variety of sound sources
  • Describe different sounds
  • Add sound effects to a simple story
  • Experiment with loud, quiet, high and low sounds.
  • Create high and low sounds using instruments, voices and body percussion.
  • Combine different sounds
  • Echo a sound using voices
  • Use hands and feet to create simple beat patterns
  • Name and recognise some percussion instruments
  • Use instruments to describe mood throughout a story
  • Sing simple songs
  • Talk about songs
  • Sing a song with actions


End points - KS1 children can:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs
  • Speak chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment with sounds
  • Listen to an orchestral piece and improvise their own descriptive music
  • Create a composition using voices and instruments.


End points - Year 4 Children can:

  • Sing in two part harmony
  • Perform in verse and chorus structure
  • Combine percussion and singing
  • Perform pentatonic song
  • Perform an instrumental accompaniment
  • Compose a soundscape
  • Perform with an understanding of dynamics
  • Begin to understand musical phrasing
  • Describe a structure of a piece of orchestral music
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of live and recorded music from different traditions and musicians
  • Develop and understanding of the history of music


End points - Year 6 Children can:

  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control
  • Compose a piece of music that’s shows organisation and manipulation of ideas within musical structures
  • Play and perform in solos and ensembles
  • Use their voices and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand the musical staff and other musical notations
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Appraise music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Discuss and show an understanding for the history and development of music and musical eras.


Music tuition and extracurricular Musical activities

High quality music education enables lifelong participation in and enjoyment of music. We offer a wide and expanding range of instrument tuition: flute, recorder, guitar, piano, violin, clarinet and we are hoping to offer brass tuition in the near future.  We offer whole class recorder tuition in Year 2.


We have a Key stage 1 and key stage 2 choir who regularly perform in concerts and music festivals. We also have a school orchestra and a variety other instrument ensembles that play in our school masses. We celebrate music in our school with termly Music and Coffee afternoons and through our termly school liturgies and masses.


In Music lessons, as in all aspects of the curriculum, children are true to their faith. This can be summarised through one line taken from our Mission Statement: ‘We are happy when we do our best in our work and play’.