St Martin and St Mary Church of England Primary School


Music at St Martin & St Mary Church of England Primary School

We are a musical school, and believe in the importance of music being integrated as part of our curriculum. Our pupils learn to sing and play, and most importantly they learn to enjoy music. The children at St Martin & St Mary Church Of England Primary School are all able to experience success in performance and share gains in confidence and self-esteem.

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 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.

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

At St Martin & St Mary Church of England Primary School pupils are given opportunities to:

Key Stage 1:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Perform in front of an audience, either singing and/or playing an instrument.

Key Stage 2:

  • 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. 

We aim to inspire a lifelong love of music and encourage children to continue learning their instrument or singing when they leave our school.