Music Subject Leader; Mrs K Pascoe
At Corpus Christi School, the music curriculum aims to provide children with a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music, increases self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, Music is an opportunity for self expression as well as allowing children to feel a sense of personal achievement.
Modelled on the National Curriculum, we offer opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation.
At Corpus Christi we follow the Music Express programme which fully supports the National Curriculum and provides a topic based, cross curricular approach to support children learning in music and across other subjects across the school.
➢ That children will develop an ability to listen to, and appreciate a wide variety of music, including different styles, periods and cultures
➢ That children will have opportunities to explore and express ideas and feelings about music, in a variety of ways
➢ We will encourage active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voice and instruments
➢ We will nurture a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others to an audience
➢ We will help children develop self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment through music
➢ We will develop childrens’ awareness and understanding of music from a variety of styles, periods and cultures
➢ We will enable all children to access and develop an enjoyment of music which will lead to a life long love of music.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for individual expression, and it can play an important role in the personal development of all. Music can reflect the culture and society that we live in or come from, and the teaching and learning of music enables students to learn more about the world we live in. Music can play an important role in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all to create, play, perform and enjoy music; to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to develop the confidence to make informed judgements about music.
The aims of the music curriculum are to:
➢ Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of different periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the work of the great composers and musicians
➢ Learn to sing and use the voice, to create and compose music on their own and collaboratively, to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
➢ Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notations
Music is unique in the way it brings people together: our curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to take part and to experience music.
Teaching and learning
We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. Singing lies at the heart of music teaching and coming together during Mass and assemblies is an important part of school life. Our curriculum gives focus to developing children's ability to sing in tune and within groups, as well as learning about the structure and organisation of songs. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music.
On Thursday 26th May children from year 3 and 4 took part in the Portsmouth Sings Concert at Corpus Christi Church. Over the last 3 weeks the children have been working with the Portsmouth Cathedral choir in order to learn some songs based on the theme of journeys. St Pauls and St Johns were also involved and they all came together in the church to perform to their family and friends. It was a fantastic experience for the children and they made us very proud with their concentration and their enthusiasm for singing.
On Tuesday 23rd May children in year 3 and 4 were fortunate enough to be one of the Portsmouth Schools who were selected to sing a song for the Kings Coronation. They have been learning a song which was written by the Portsmouth Music Hub called This is the Day and on Monday we were filmed singing this song. The children is Year 3 and 4 performed with energy and really did Corpus Christi School proud!
On Friday 24th February all children in years 1 and 2 attended the infant voices festival at Kings Academy Northern Parade. Over the last few months the children have been learning fairytale inspired songs which they sang at this year's festival. It was a great opportunity for the children to perform to other schools and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for them all.