Music is at the heart of the curriculum at Catherine Infant School. It is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to provide a high-quality music education that engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and listen with discrimination to the best in the musical cannon.
All children from Reception to Year 2 take part in a weekly singing assembly where key singing skills are taught and the children learn different types of music. Religious festivals, cultural festivals and assemblies are also celebrated with music. The children participate in and celebrate National Sing Up Day every year. Their musical experiences are also enriched by musical workshops and outside performances.
music Curriculum and Provision
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- 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, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, music is used to support pupils’ learning across all areas, especially in Expressive Arts and Design of Development Matters in the EYFS to ensure challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.
In Key Stage 1, pupils will be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes -play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
We deliver the Music Curriculum using the Music Express scheme of music.