The national curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School the intention is that children develop their personal creativity, understanding and enjoyment of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of music from different historical periods, styles and genres. Our objective is to foster a life-long love of music as well as an understanding of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children have the opportunity to express their own musical talents and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts, developing their personal creativity and self-confidence. Underpinning all elements of our school curriculum is our ambition to develop every child as a whole person. The opportunities given to children through our music lessons and wider curriculum offer, form an important part of what the charter aims to do – give all pupils the opportunity to thrive and shine. We endeavour to enable pupils to give expression to the heights and depths of the emotions and hopes, that may transcend the limitations found in other forms of communication.
Our music curriculum is centred around the ‘Charanga’ music scheme. The music scheme covers all National Curriculum requirements and ensures students sing, listen, play, perform, compose and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom music lessons as well as twice weekly assemblies, weekly singing practises, various concerts and performances and the wider curriculum offer. The elements of music are taught in lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. We endeavour to ensure that all children are offered a diverse range of extra-curricular high quality instrumental lessons and access to vast opportunities. In the classroom, students learn how to play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments and in Key Stage 2, the children receive high quality recorder and Ukulele lessons from an outside agency. The rising level of pupil premium children across the school (34%) also benefit from additional ukulele lessons during lunchtimes and afterschool. In doing so, they develop their understanding of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on the different dimensions of music, which in turn underpins their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. The Charanga scheme also includes composing and performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology such as ‘Garage Band’, which further develops the understanding of musical elements. Children of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School also receive opportunities to perform at external venues outside of school, including Coventry Cathedral, thereby developing the children’s cultural capital.