Our Lady Queen of Heaven Music Curriculum
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, we believe in a curriculum that underpins and promotes the school’s culture and aims -
a curriculum for the whole child.
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our school’s curriculum stems from our Mission Statement:
“We are inspired, strengthened and encouraged by our Catholic faith.
We place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and say, listening to Him with our hearts.
We spread love everywhere we go, valuing and caring for each other.
We strive to be the best learners we can, using and celebrating our God given gifts.”
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name” Luke 1: 49
Welcome To Music
Why we teach Music
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 role in personal development. Music reflects the culture and society that we live in and the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. As a school with a multicultural community music is an expression of this. We recognise the opportunities that music provides for children to learn together socially and we value each other’s contributions.
We regularly celebrate the Catholic faith with hymns in class liturgies, assemblies and Mass services which bring us together through common values and celebrates our sense of belonging.
Our curriculum programme
We follow the guidelines of the new National Curriculum focusing on the seven interrelated dimensions of music and combine this with the Charanga Music Scheme to create fun, engaging lessons with opportunities for the children to continually develop their knowledge and skills. Composition, improvisation and performance are woven into this framework throughout all year groups, creating a broad musical experience for all.
A range of strategies
In Reception classes pupils are encouraged to experiment with Music using their voices, instruments and through movement and dance.
Year 1/2 are introduced to rhythm, pulse and pitch through a variety of musical games and structured lessons based around each of these elements. They are encouraged to use their imaginations, aural stimulus, visual prompts, instrumental exploration and singing to enhance their understanding.
In Key Stage 2 pupils take their knowledge of the musical elements further by learning about Structure, Texture, Timbre ,Dynamics and Duration and begin to look at Composing and Notation in more depth.
Assessment For Learning
Music will be assessed by the teacher who will make informal judgements from observing the children in lessons. On completion of a piece of work children will be given oral or written feedback as necessary to inform future progress. Older pupils are encouraged to make judgements on how to improve their own work. Children’s individual progress based on the National Curriculum guidance for the interrelated dimensions of music is also assessed every half term to enable future planning and progression.
Access For All
We recognise that children have a wide range of musical abilities and therefore we teach using different starting points as ways to access learning; ranging from games, the imagination, aural stimulus and visual prompts, to questioning, hands on instrumental exploration and singing. Care is given in planning as to groupings and the support structure for the less able where tasks can be simplified. The more able are challenged with tasks of increasing difficulty where appropriate. We also use open ended tasks which can have a variety of responses encompassing whole class learning.
The Wider World
Opportunities are given for children to share their music both within school, such as taking part in concerts and musical productions and in the wider community with children going to perform for the community at local events and further afield.
Every year group will also perform to the whole school and parents at least once a year.
We see music and dance as closely linked and seek to provide children with opportunities to play for live dance performances whenever possible.
Children are inspired by seeing and hearing other musicians and we seek to develop their musical experiences by embracing integrated Arts opportunities, inviting musicians into school from the wider community to play and perform for and with the children or taking children on visits to broaden their experiences .
KS2 School Choir
We have a thriving Key Stage 2 School Choir led by Mrs Robinson,rehearsing on Monday afternoons after school from 3.15-4.15pm. We sing a variety of songs including pop, rock, A'capella, & hymns and perform at events both in school and in the wider community. All children from years 3-6 are welcome to join, there are no auditions,all that is required is a love of singing and commitment. Please speak to Mrs Robinson if your child would like to join.
We are very proud that our Key Stage Two Choir are the current holders of the Leith Hill Music Festival Adjudicators Choice Trophy.
KS1 School Choir
From September 2017 we will also be offering a Choir Club to our Key Stage One children.