At St Marks, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience which is also an opportunity for personal expression. 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 understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. We aim to also teach children that music reflects our culture and society 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 be a highly academic and demanding subject. It is also important in helping children feel part of a community.
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils have access to weekly Ukulele sessions which enable them to build confidence in playing a musical instrument and provides them with an opportunity that they may not otherwise at home. Our pupils love to take part in developing and performing their own musical compositions as well as having the opportunity to support and encourage those around them. We feel that this has a hugely positive impact on our pupils' overall self-esteem and confidence particularly in those that may struggle academically.