At St Mary's Church of England Primary School and Nursery, we believe that music enriches the lives of people. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire creativity, personal development and motivation. It is a vehicle for personal expression and plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. Music is an important entitlement to all children. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
All lessons in Music follow the Charanga Scheme, allowing progression of musical skills and knowledge to be built upon through the year groups.
In addition to the cultural enrichment opportunities identified on the scheme of work, an eclectic programme of music is introduced to the children during assemblies, with powerpoint slides about the genre or composer.
Every year, all children take part in a whole school musical. In EYFS and KS1, this is a nativity and in KS2, a whole school musical is performed at the end of the year: In 2019 this was Wizard of Oz, on stage at the local Secondary, 'Oliver' was performed on a ;theatre in the round' our school hall - and Jungle Book was performed outside - each scene set up in a different area of the extensive school grounds . All children sing in a group and perform to an audience, with opportunities for solo performances in all Key Stages, as well as percussion accompaniments.
Enrichment opportunities, developing cultural capital, are also an important part of our musical offer, with children visiting the theatre (in 2020, the Pantomine at Bath Theatre Royal) as well as musical recitals (musical performances at the local Secondary School and concerts at St Mary’s. most recently Braimah and Konya Kanneh-Mason, playing the violin and cello in 2019). Music is a key area for enrichment and we encourage as many children as possible to take part in musical activities outside of music lessons.
The Young Voices performances are also a highlight for our singers, seeing children performing in the world’s largest children’s choir – something we see as an importance offer in a small school, we aim to offer this experience to children every other year. Children eligible for the pupil premium are always offered a space on this exciting experience. Please see below a report of our Young Voices experience shared by the Chair of Governors.