“My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.” Psalms 108
Through the music curriculum at St Thomas of Canterbury, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of music and recognise their talent as musicians. We are committed to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We see music as a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, as well as being accessible to all the pupils at our school.
Our programme of study allows every child to increase their confidence, memory and sense of achievement. It is the intent that learning opportunities are provided across key stages to develop key skills. The curriculum is designed so that each year builds on the knowledge and skills practised in previous years. Pupils will 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. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination. Pupils will perform, listen to, and review music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles. The curriculum allows the celebration of different traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Pupils will be able to use and understand staff and other musical notations as well as being able to read music. At St Thomas of Canterbury, pupils will learn to sing and use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others.
Within our positive learning environment, the children will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, listen to live music and use technology appropriately. The children will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills and perform to the wider community.
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 states that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music for Key Stage 1 and 2 at St Thomas of Canterbury provides children with access to a wide range of Music that will enable them to have access to the greatest of art forms.
Music specialists; providing high quality learning. Mr Morris teaches Year 1 to Year 4 and Mr Charles teaches Year 5 and Year 6. One class in each year group will teach the topic weekly for the first half term and the other class will be taught music the following half term. The subject leader is Miss Lavin and our MAPAS teachers Mr Morris and Mr Charles have created a new music scheme of work to enhance the children's learning.
The four key concepts of Music are:
At STOC, the children will also explore music through the inter-related dimensions. This includes:
Children are exposed to lots of new language in Music; they need to understand what the vocabulary means and how to use it when listening and appraising pieces of music. Subject specific vocabulary is built upon each year. In Key Stage 1, children learn how to read simple musical symbols and apply this to their listening and performing, recognising how graphic notation can represent created sounds. As they progress through KS2, children will be introduced to progressively more challenging notation where they will have to be able to read and recognise any differences between notes.
Music allows us to be both inspired and creative. It connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world and is collaborative, celebratory and challenging. Our Music scheme of work is both ambitious and progressive, allowing children to be build on their knowledge and be challenged. There are also wider opportunities for children to enjoy Music at STOC such as the Ukulele afterschool club and lunchtime Recorder sessions with music specialists from MAPAS.