Music

 

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 Pilot Framework 2020, 'Expressive Arts and Design' St Thomas Aquinas aims to ensure that all pupils are taught to:

Birth to Three:

  • Show attention to sounds and music.
  • Respond emotionally and physically to music when it changes.
  • Move and dance to music.
  • Anticipates phrases and actions in rhymes and songs. 
  • Explore their voices and enjoys making sounds. 
  • Join in with songs and rhymes, making some sounds. 
  • Make rhythmical and repetitive sounds. 
  • Explore a range of sound-makers and instruments and play them in different ways. 
  • Enjoy and take part in action songs. 

Three and Four Year Olds:

  • Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings. 
  • Remember and sing entire songs. 
  • Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person ('pitch match'). 
  • Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs. 
  • Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know. 
  • Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas. 

Children in Reception:

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses. 
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody. 
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.  

 

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.