Music at SSMJ
The Purpose of studying Music
At SSMJ we want to make sure Music is a practical, creative and therapeutic.
Music is a universal language and every pupil should have the opportunity to become fluent. 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. Music should be used to enhance other areas of learning within the school curriculum.
In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at SSMJ 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 musicians.
- 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 excellence.
- 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.
At SSMJ Music is recognised for its significance. At SSMJ we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music.
As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music to develop a deep understanding of musical culture. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Also, we teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. Music is strongly linked with our faith, which is at the heart of our curriculum. Our music curriculum is reflective of the Catholic Churches calendar.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation”.
Music is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. As music is a specialist subject, we use Charanga to help support teacher’s knowledge and skills and ensure progression across different topics throughout each year group across the school. (See Music Progression document) By the end of year 6 children will have a be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Cross curricular outcomes in music are specifically planned for with strong links between art, ICT and history. Resources are fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice such as regular opportunities to perform to adults and other children. Planning is in line with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to provision for our most able children as well as support for SEND children in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge and skills.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Reception to have an in-depth understanding of ‘Expressive Arts & Design’ by the end of the academic year. It is further supported by the Lancashire Document ‘EYFS: A Framework to Support Curriculum Planning’
Outcomes in music floor books evidence a broad and balanced music curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with support from their teachers.
Emphasis is placed on children’s ability to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. Through each unit they should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
How it Works
Music is an important part of the curriculum at SSMJ. Each class is timetabled music lessons and children learn about the key components of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Staff use a variety of resources including Charanga and Music Express to support the teaching of music.
We are also delighted that a number of peripatetic teachers provide professional tuition at SSMJ in woodwind, brass, string and guitar. We also have the support of Mr Lee who offers keyboard and piano lessons in school time. These can be arranged by speaking to the school office or by clicking on the link to apply for instrumental tuition by enrolling on the Lancashire Music Website www.lmsenrol.co.uk. Should you experience any financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact the school office in complete confidence to discuss funding your child’s music lessons.
We love to sing at SSMJ and we have a choir that have performed in many different locations. We are proud to sing in Church and we have performed for our local Community in Care Homes, our local Market, our Crib, town centre and Supermarkets. We have even sung at the MEN Arena where we took part in Young Voices Celebration along with 8,000 other school children singing in their school choirs. We have a singing worship every Tuesday where we learn new hymns together which we then sing in Class Masses, Liturgical Celebrations and sing alongside the Youth Choir to support our Sacramental Children in KS2. Members of our choir sing in their lunchtime club – see Lunchtime Clubs.
Children’s musical ability is showcased regularly in Assembly time where they play alongside their peripatetic teacher and we also try to emerse the children in live music in the Summer Term where we invite Lancashire Music Service Musicians to come and enthuse children to learn to play a new instrument.
Chris Hacking - guitar
Chris Hacking, Peripatetic Guitar Lessons, enrol your child now at www.lancashiremusichub.co.uk/enrol
Mr Hacking is photographed at the top of the page 'showcasing' his students at the Christmas concert.
Mr Lee - piano and keyboard
Mr Lee (ALCM) offers piano and keyboard lessons in school. He can be contacted privately for lessons. Mr Lee always showcases his students in an end of term celebration assembly with his own unique twist. Parents and Grandparents always support this assembly to watch their children perform. The school always looks forward to this occasion celebrating Christmas and Summer with Mr Lee.
Mr Lee teaches Piano and Keyboard lessons to children from Years 1- 6. Lessons are weekly and are individual (1:1) during school time. 20 minute lessons are £9.25 each.
Mr Lee is patient, friendly and provides a happy, fun atmosphere in which to learn and this is evident to all when we watch his students 'showcase' their talents and abilities.
Mr Lee can be contacted on 07859 906720.
Mr Lee is photographed above with his piano and keyboard students. Further photographs and videos can be seen on our Twitter page.
Music at Home
The staff have access to 'Charanga' package which is an online Music Tool which greatly enhances Music provision throughout each Key Stage.
All children have access to Yumi an online musical platform. This allows children access to a wide variety of musical schemes that they can use at home. Logins for each child are sent home at the beginning of each year.