Music is a universal language that creates enjoyable and engaging experiences for all children. At St Mary’s, we encourage every child to participate in a range of musical experiences. Through these, the children are developing their unique creativity, self-confidence and sense of achievement. We aim to ensure that pupils can make their own decisions regarding performing, improvising, composing, listening and appraising of music.
We expect all pupils to make progress in music through the use of a planned scheme of work, by building on what they have learned previously. At St Mary’s, we use the ‘Charanga’ scheme to deliver our music curriculum. We introduce music in Reception as part of the continuous provision and sing in many different subjects. In KS1, children learn to use their voices expressively, experiment with instruments and listen to music. In KS2, children build on their prior knowledge to play, perform, improvise and compose music, as well as appreciating a wide range of musical styles through history to the present day. Children are also provided with the opportunity to learn an instrument during their time at St Mary’s, in Year 3 and Year 5 following Surrey Arts. Teaching and learning is planned providing scaffolding to meet the needs of all pupils - extending individual talents and supporting those who need to make progress in smaller steps. There are further enrichment opportunities to perform in events such as Church Services, assemblies and choir.