Music

 

Upcoming Events:

3rd December - KS2 Choir, Royal Stoke Hospital

4th December - Songbirds Concert, Victoria Hall, 6:45pm

5th December - FS Sing-a-long, 9:30am

6th December - FS Sing-a-long, 9:30am

9th December - KS2 Choir Concert, Victoria Hall, 6:45pm

16th December - Carol Service, in school, 2pm

Music can inspire, influence and motivate children. At St Thomas Aquinas we aim to provide a high quality music education which enhances the development of the whole child.

Areas such as creativity, social interaction, co-operation, discipline, focus, and memory, as well as speech, language, personal expression, and numeracy, all benefit from such an education.

Some children come to school having been exposed to a range of songs and rhymes, and are encouraged to develop this early musicianship in a range of activities and experiences at our school. However, for others, our school is the first opportunity for children to experience music.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music,
allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical
canon.

At St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, we believe that:

  • Music should be accessible to all;
  • Music encourages social growth, particularly in relation to self-esteem, self-awareness, and cooperation;
  • Music provides and deepens understanding of different cultures and traditions, and instils in children a respect for other ways of life.

 

Foundation Stage

By following the EYFS Framework, 'Expressive Arts and Design' St Thomas Aquinas aims to ensure that all pupils are taught to:

16-26 months: 

  • Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs. 

22-36 months:

  • Joins in singing favourite songs.
  • Creates sounds by banging, shaking, tapping or blowing.
  • Shows an interest in the way musical instruments sound. 

30-50 months:

  • Sings a few familiar songs.
  • Taps out simple repeated rhythms.
  • Explores and learns how sounds can be changed.
  • Sings to self and makes up simple songs.
  • Makes up rhythms.

40-60 months:

  • Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
  • Explores the different sounds of instruments.

Early Learning Goal:

  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music

 

Key stage 1
By following the national curriculum St Thomas Aquinas aims to ensure that all pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
    rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
    music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
    of music.

 

Key stage 2

By following the national curriculum St Thomas Aquinas aims to ensure that all pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical
    instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
    dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn
    from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.