Our Music curriculum
In music lessons, we follow the Model Music Curriculum from Charanga, as well as a full term of specialist music lessons (each academic year for year groups 1 to 6) delivered by expert staff from the Wakefield Music Service. Throughout their journey at our school, each child will try their hands at using various percussion instruments, learn to play the Ukulele and being part of their very own Samba band. Charanga is a music education and technology company. They have developed an online platform that provides teachers with the help and resources they need to achieve their musical ambitions.
'A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.' National Curriculum for Music (2014)
'Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything.'
At Featherstone All Saints CE Academy, music plays an integral role in school life through Worship, Celebrations, the curriculum and Wider Opportunities, such as music specialised individual music lessons and an opportunity to be part of Young Voices.
In music pupils will have the opportunity to learn to:
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 interrelated dimensions of music
Pupils will be able to develop their skills as musicians by:
Listening to a range of musical pieces
Forming their own opinions
Reviewing and evaluating
Creating and composing
Performing to others
Using tuned and untuned instruments
Considering how music makes them feel
Understanding the important events and people
As church school, we sing daily in Worship to give thanks to God as well as in Church at Harvest Mass, Christmas Mass, Candlemas and Easter. We also sing songs from the charts and films to release 'happy' chemicals that boost mood and make the children feel good about themselves. The children's favourites so far are; 'Power in Me', from Young Voices, 'Million Dreams' from The Greatest Showman and 'Count on Me' by Bruno Mars.
To widen the children's variety of music, we have adopted 'a song-a-day'. This provides the children with an opportunity to listen to different songs, from different genres, across different decades to build up their knowledge of key musicians, including composers and performers, across a range of genres and styles.
At Featherstone All Saints, we enrich the curriculum by providing lots of opportunities for the children to find their musical talents. Children are able to have music lessons from peripatetic teachers in school throughout the year, become a part of the Young Voices Choir and enter All Saints' Got Talent in the summer term.