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 talents 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 the best in the musical canon. (National Curriculum Purpose of Study)
In school, we will, through the effective teaching and learning of the knowledge, skills and understanding in music, maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment. We will teach towards the National Curriculum requirements for music through the use of ‘Charanga’. We will, wherever possible, make meaningful links with the other subjects through our knowledge-based curriculum. We will endeavour to take our children on a musical journey around the world (Where are we going?) and celebrate a diverse range of musical styles, genres and artists (Who will we meet?). We will work alongside the specialist music teacher and peripatetic teacher to develop our own skills and knowledge to ensure music teaching at St Thomas’s is as effective and creative as possible, and to ensure that the cultural capital of our children is broad and varied to provide them every opportunity to succeed in the future.