Music Intent Statement:
At St Peter at Gowts, our music curriculum is inspiring and creative unlocking potential in all. Our curriculum seeks to ensure that all pupils flourish through challenge, support and a broad and balanced curriculum rooted in shared values and consistently high expectations while striving for excellence.
St Peter’s music curriculum is fashioned through our golden threads of values, inspiration, excellence and community.
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St Francis of Assisi)
We love music at St Peter’s! As musicians will be developing creativity, imagination and good listening skills. Through a cohesively planned curriculum we will inspire our children, develop their skills in constructive criticism and give them the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings. Music develops children’s ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups. With the school being sat in the cultural heart of Lincoln, music is a key tool for developing cultural capital and a sense of community. Children are encouraged to explore different genres and music diversity throughout their lessons. The music curriculum provides breadth and balance, is relevant and engaging and is differentiated to match the needs and abilities of children. Our music provision is ambitious, fun and varied. It is used as a teaching tool, a support for language acquisition and to aid routines throughout the school, especially in the early years. Through our music curriculum we strive to inspire children, develop a life-long love of music and develop musical skills and knowledge.
Values – Our music curriculum embraces our school and British values through exposure to different cultures and genres of music. We teach children to listen and appraise musicians throughout different time periods. Through our music lessons, children learn how to be tolerant and develop their individual liberty. Lessons are a safe space where children can discuss their likes and dislikes using musical vocabulary, sharing their thoughts with their peers. These skills are deep rooted with respect and give children vital tools.
Inspirational – Our Inspiring music curriculum gives children musical opportunities which they would otherwise not experience. We offer children the opportunity to play a variety of instruments including, ukuleles, brass, djembes and many more, our KS2 choir take part in the world’s biggest choir and we offer instrumental lessons. Our music curriculum is accessible to all of our pupils, including our EAL pupils, and we embrace our children’s cultural capital by exposing our children to music from all around the world.
Community – Our music curriculum embraces the cultural capital of our local community. With so many different languages spoken within the school, we pride ourselves on learning songs in different languages and exposing our children to songs from around the world. As a school within the heart of the city, we sing in our local nursing homes, churches and High Street.
Excellence- Our cohesively planned music curriculum and enrichment opportunities allow for all pupils to develop their skills and knowledge of music. Our music curriculum is progressive and upon leaving St Peter’s we strive for our children to be well rounded musicians.
Our music curriculum is implemented through a cross-curricular based approach, which allows it to be embedded into the curriculum.
- Music is delivered weekly across the school, with multiple opportunities to explore and play instruments.
- Lincolnshire Music Service teach from year 1 through to year 6. They offer music tuition at a class level, where the children explore a range of instruments throughout their time within the school, including brass, toots and djembe drums.
- Music is progressive in skills and knowledge and in line with the new Model Music Curriculum. Through the teaching of music children are taught key vocabulary and skills which develop year on year. This is also mirrored within lessons delivered by Music Service.
- Charanga is used and utilised throughout the school. It offers a progressive program which is easy to follow and implement within the classroom. Charanga is used from Reception through to year 6.
- Enrichment opportunities are frequent and carefully placed throughout the year. These include Isingpop, which happens annually, Young Voices, the world’s largest choir, Nativities, Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival and so many more.
- Extra-curricular opportunities are available for all children, these include; choir, music club and music lessons (piano and singing).
- Music is a key part of our collective worship and the children enjoy singing a variety of songs, including those from various genres and origins.
- Opportunities for parents to watch and join in with music are also embedded into our school. These include our church services and the spring musical event.
As a musician leaving St Peter’s, we aspire that pupils will have a love of music. They will have developed key skills such as creativity, imagination and confidence which will not only support them within music but also across all areas of their learning. We hope the children will appreciate and listen to music from around the world and have the foundations to develop their musical knowledge moving into Key Stage 3.