At Holy Family we believe that all children should be inspired by music and that every student has the right to an outstanding music education. We aim for children to develop a love of music, developing intrinsic musical skill, knowledge and understanding. We are also passionate about the power of music and the impact it can have on a person’s emotional, social, personal development and well-being.
Through high quality teaching we aim to provide our children with the opportunity to develop performance, composition and listening skills through exploring a variety of musical styles, traditions and genres and by taking part in a wide range of musical activities and performances.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
*Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods,
genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and
*Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and
with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology
appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical
*Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including
through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture,
structure and appropriate musical notations.
During Key Stage 1 pupils will:
*Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
*Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
*Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
*Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
During Key Stage 2 pupils will:
* 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.
On leaving Holy Family, all of our children will have had access to whole class guitar (Y3 & Y4), flute (Y5) and glockenspiel (Y6) tuition delivered by either class teachers or instrumental teachers provided through the Cumbria Music Services Wider Opportunities Programme.
Singing is woven into our school life in a variety of ways. Our learning throughout the school curriculum is enhanced by singing wherever possible and it also enables us to have strong links with our church and parish community. In Key Stage 2, children are given the opportunity to be part of the school church choir and to join the singing club as an extracurricular activity.