"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."

- Plato

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop skills and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. We embrace the National Curriculum purpose of study which states: “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”. 

At our school children are given the opportunity to discover, explore and develop technical skills through practical music lessons. 

One hour KS2 and forty-five minutes KS1 music lessons are timetabled for each class on a weekly basis. This involves both whole class and small group activities. Pupils’ understanding of music will be developed through activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising. 

Children are taught to recognise the musical dimensions of: 

  • Duration 
  • Dynamics 
  • Pitch 
  • Tempo
  • Timbre
  • Texture 

Children are taught to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time controlling the sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically. One of the main methods employed to help children to access and engage with music in school is singing. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing expressively, in tune and with others. This is achieved through weekly singing assemblies (Hymn Practice) and a Choir for Key Stage 2 pupils. 

Our Choir has been developing links in community. In December 2019 they went out to our local Care Home and spend the afternoon with the residents, singing and dancing for them. They also went to our local Sainsbury’s and spent an afternoon singing carols. We have received lovely feedback from the community on both occasions. 

To aid the teaching and learning of music at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School the following musical resources are available: 

  • Interactive whiteboards and computers 
  • Keyboards 
  • Guitars 
  • Drum Kit 
  • Strings 
  • Ukuleles 
  • Recorders 
  • Tuned and untuned percussion instruments 
  • Various music books including “Sing Up” resources 
  • A range of musical resources on CD which includes classical and popular music 

For pupils wanting to learn an instrument, we do offer heavily subsidised instrumental lessons on the instruments listed below, which take place during the school day. 

  • Piano 
  • Violin/Cello
  • Drums 

Students have the opportunity to prepare for the ABRSM exams. 

Students who participate in the school’s musical life have a number of opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their instrumental and singing skills. The occasions when we are proud to perform are: School Concerts, Christmas Carol Services, School Masses and Assemblies. Our KS2 Choir also perform outside the school. 

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that music is an essential part of every child’s holistic development.