‘With joyful hearts, we love, learn and praise as the family of God’
At Sacred Heart we believe that all pupils should be given the opportunity to listen to, appreciate, perform and explore a wide range of music styles and genres, including the works of the great classical composers and modern musicians. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
Our music curriculum encourages pupils to express themselves and to become confident performers. At Sacred Heart we use music across our learning programs, developing positive learning environments within classrooms and across the whole school.
We recognise the importance of our local area and the influence this has on our pupils’ musical heritage, providing opportunities for pupils to become involved in local music festivals, performing for local residents and competitions alongside whole school end of year music celebrations.
Through our music curriculum, pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through pitch, duration, tempo, structure and musical notations. Pupils will learn to sing and to use their voices; to create and compose music on their own and with others; have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use technology appropriately.
Our music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate and this is embedded in classroom activities as well as whole school assemblies, hymn practises, school Mases, learning of instruments, concerts and performances. At Sacred Heart, our music curriculum is taught as a spiral curriculum, building on and revisiting prior skills, through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum for Year 1-6 and is delivered weekly by classroom teachers. Pupils in Early Years explore and experiment with music through the aspect of Exploring and Using Media and Materials as part of the Early Years Curriculum.
Pupils in KS2 have the opportunity to take part in small group guitar lessons delivered by a specialist teacher alongside whole class lessons using the recorder. To celebrate their achievements, pupils perform in a Musical Extravaganza at Christmas and at the end of the year. This involves groups performing pieces they have worked on together as well as allowing for individual performances.
Throughout the school, pupils are also given opportunities to perform in assembly, school mass and special events within the local community.
Opportunities are provided through practical music-making, listening to pupils talking, playing and responding to music. We evidence this learning and progress in key skills within music across the year through audio and/or video recordings of pupil’s work. Pupils are also involved in self and peer assessment of their compositions and performances.
At Sacred Heart we aim for our pupils to become confident performers and musicians who will have a good understanding of how music is composed and developed.
Whilst in school, pupils have access to a varied program, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The curriculum will support children in building their resilience and self-reflection whist providing positive challenges in a secure environment.
Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to pupils individually, as well as ethnicities from across our school family and wider world. Pupils are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer.