We are now an official Music Mark school. We have been recognised for the commitment we have placed on providing the children of St Thomas with a high quality music education.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for Music for Key Stage 1 and 2 provides children with access to a wide range of Music that will enable them to have access to the greatest of art forms.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Music is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching music are consistent with our school's Mission Statement in that we recognise each child's uniqueness and worth in the eyes of God, and that all children are given the opportunity to reach their potential. At St Thomas of Canterbury, we understand the importance of providing an exciting and engaging Music education for all children, and to provide opportunities for children to progress to excellence: We ensure that we:
Through the implementation of the New National Curriculum, we ensure that all children have opportunities to:
Wider opportunities at St Thomas of Canterbury
At St Thomas of Canterbury there are numerous wider opportunities to support the teaching of music. These include:
A specialist MAPAS teacher, teaching in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 once a week
Tom Morris basis his music teaching on what the children are being taught in English or other foundation subjects. He teaches the children to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. The children are being taught to play tuned and untuned instruments musically and listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. As well as experimenting with, selecting, creating and combining sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
A specialist MAPAS teacher, teaching in Years 5 and 6 once a week
Richard Charles teaches music based on what the children are learning in foundation subjects, building upon what the children have learnt in Key Stage 1. The three main topics for Year 5 are Victorian England, Mayans and Ancient Greeks and for Year 6 the three main topics are World War 2, Europe and Slavery. The children not only learn about music; they are able become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills. They are being taught to perform mainly complicated rhythms and use their knowledge to analyse songs and instrumental performances. They will also be focusing on using intwining melodies and harmonies to create and perform their own songs as well as performing in groups.