St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Music

At Saint Norbert’s, our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with an education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. We offer opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. We have an excellent range of performing opportunities across the academic year that lend themselves to singing and playing music.

The school actively engages with JMP Music and offers guitar, keyboard and piano lessons for children throughout Key Stage 2. Those who play instruments are encouraged to utilise their skills in school by playing in worships or music showcases.

Teaching and learning 
We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching and joining together during collective worships is an important part of school life. Our teaching focuses on developing children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people, as well as learning about the structure and organisation of songs. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We also teach children to compose music and make music together. We do this by setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development 
Creating, performing and listening to music can be moving or even spiritual experience. We encourage children to reflect on the important effect that music can have on people’s moods and senses. Children have the opportunity to encounter music from many different cultures which encourages positive attitudes towards other cultures and societies.