"Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. The longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it."
Music at St Giles
At St Giles, we have shaped our music curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive of every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for music and to teach a curriculum that enables children to develop a love of music and the skills to be able to:
- 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
The National plan for music education and the Model Music Curriculum both state that children should learn to play an instrument as part of a whole-class instrumental programme supported by teachers from their local Music Education Hub. Here at St Giles we invite children in Year 4 to learn to play a brass instrument. They not only get the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument but they are also taught how to read and interpret musical notation.
At St Giles, we have a KS2 choir who meet weekly and perform at school and community events. Our choir performs annually at Young Voices at the Sheffield Arena, this is a favourite of staff and children alike!
Each week, the whole school come together for a singing worship where they learn a variety of worship songs from different genres with energy and enthusiasm.
For Knowledge Organisers, please see Key Stage pages under the 'Pupils' banner.