At St Mary’s we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music forms an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.

At St Mary’s we follow the music scheme ‘Charanga’. This scheme of work encompasses all aspects of the National Curriculum for music; being taught either as discrete lessons or as part of a wider topic-based approach, dependent upon the content being delivered. The music scheme ‘Charanga’ is a modern, comprehensive, whole school digital resource to aid teaching of the new primary music curriculum. We ensure continuity and progression in our Music Curriculum using direct teaching, practical activities, and opportunities to perform.

Early years

At St Mary’s we believe that Music experiences in the early years are vital for the children to develop competent speech and language and a shared, cultural identity. Music resources are accessible through planned continuous provision. The nature of the Early Years Foundation Stage allows Music to be incorporated into a wide range of areas and is planned for where Music makes a difference to a child’s development.

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