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Music - Intent

 * At St Maria Goretti, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, appraising, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. 

* We aim to inspire creativity and self-expression.

* We hope to foster a life-long love of music and are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music.

* We provide children with the opportunity to learn to play a range of musical instruments across the key stages. 

* Within our curriculum plan, music lessons are planned ensuring that all knowledge and skills for music within the National Curriculum are taught in our school.

* The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all children

      Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.

      Be taught to sing, create and compose music. 

      Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


Music - Implementation

* The Music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and appraise. This is embedded across all classroom activities as well as the weekly Holy Singing Worship, the after-school choir and various performances.

* Through using the musical scheme Charanga, teachers are able to deliver inclusive lessons for all children, accessing the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. 

* Teachers deliver a 50 - 60 minute Music lesson every week, following Charanga units which have been specifically designed for children in primary schools.

* Music lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. 

* All children in school learn to play an instrument. Children in Key Stage One and Year 3 learn the glockenspiel. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 receive keyboard tuition from a trained musical expert at Lancashire Music Service. Playing an instrument enables children to to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music.

* In 2022 and 2023, the choir and Year 6 have taken part in the Young Voices concert at the AO Arena at Manchester, providing them with an unforgettable experience to perform alongside professional singers and their peers from a wide range of school.

* An after-school choir club runs on a Tuesday for children in Year 2 and above. 

* At St Maria Goretti,  we believe that music is a powerful tool that can affect and change the way our pupils think, feel and act.

Current studies suggest that listening to and participating in music have many positive effects on both mental and physical health.  Musical performance strengthens confidence, creativity and self-esteem. It also contributes to a sense of pride and achievement invaluable to our children and their spiritual, personal and social development.