During this period of school closure, please find additional learning links on our curriculum pages
Music for home school
During this time of home schooling, MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Salford) have put together a list of links on their website that are both easy and free for all to access. This link has a range of resources that will develop music skills and create lots of fun making music! https://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/mapas/music-during-covid-19/music-resources
There is something for everyone so explore your way round the site and have fun.
Below is a 'Music activities grid' with a variety of different musical activities for all the children to get involved with. If you take any pictures or film any of your own videos while doing these activities and would like to share them with everyone to enjoy, please email year2lavin.com.
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 and 3 once a week
Dawn Fowler basis her music teaching on what the children are being taught in English or other foundation subjects. She 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
Marc Winstanley 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.
Marc Winstanley also leads the School Band every Friday. The children have been selected and have had chance to find an instrument they would like to play. The band are taught different songs and are able to perform what they have learnt to the rest of the school.
Drumming by a specialist MAPAS in Year 4
The scheme involves the whole class learning to play a musical instrument for a year. The programme involves the whole class learning together and also develops musicianship skills through singing and other musical activities.
Hymn Practice, recorders and choir with Angela Adamson
Both Key Stages participate in weekly hymn singing. The children are exposed to a variety of hymns each term. Angela also teaches children the records and leads the choir in Key Stage 2.