Music at St Alban's

“Where words fail, music speaks”

Hans Christian Anderson

At St Alban’s we want our children to love music and give them every opportunity to experience different styles of music.

Many of our children participate in music lessons in school from music teachers from Rotherham music. This provides the children with opportunities, experiences and makes memories. Many of our children have gained high grades and some have even gone on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Music enables our children to express themselves either through singing or playing an instrument.

Curriculum intent

Music plays a vital part in promoting a curiosity, a thirst for learning.

At St Alban’s the children have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to join the Glee club after school and over the past few years to perform and participate in the light switch on, sing inside the local library at Christmas time and sing at the Old people’s lunches arranged by WING: Wickersley Neighbourhood Group. We have held mince pie and strawberry singalong where each class have performed.

For many years the children have joined many other schools in performing at the young voices concerts, which has been an invaluable experience for them.

Curriculum Implementation

At St Alban’s we use Charanga Musical School scheme which provides teachers with week by week lessons for each year group in the school from 5-11. The scheme provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, key vocabulary and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson. Our music scheme is based on: listening and appraising; musical activities- creating and exploring; and singing and Performing.

The music scheme of work corresponds with the national curriculum

The national curriculum outlines what the children should learn and be taught in each keystage 1 and 2.

Link to National Curriculum:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study

Curriculum Impact

At St Alban’s children’s musical skills and understanding are built on year on year through following Charanga leading to a spiral curriculum. Assessments are made to inform each child’s progression recording achievements against the national curriculum.

Monitoring of music through planning, learning walks, pupil and staff voices will ensure children progress in music.

“Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion.”

 Hillary Clinton