Our principal aim is that children leave Holy Family School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Music formed through interesting and exciting experiences. Our high-quality music education will 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. Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in music, through using the Kapow Music scheme and Coventry Music hub. Kapow Primary is an Arts-Mark partner and is able to support Holy Family’s journey, inspiring children to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture. Children will develop self-confidence and teamwork skills through performance. They will have opportunities to sing as a class, in smaller groups and as a school community. Children will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in KS2 supported by the Music hub. As builders of the Kingdom, our children will understand how Catholic virtues and British Values relate to music through a study of music and songs from across the world. Children will listen to, review and evaluate a range of music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including contemporary music and the works of the great composers and musicians using subject specific vocabulary relating to the musical elements; rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and melody. Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, attending performances by professional musicians and participating in school productions. Other opportunities include visits to concerts, singing in church and in the parish community, meeting musicians and professional musicians visiting schools to work with pupils.
To provide a Music curriculum ensuring children sing, listen, play, perform, compose and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom music lessons as well as singing in hymn practices and church celebrations / masses, various concerts and performances throughout the year. Singing is linked to the Liturgical Year, Feast Days and songs known and loved by the pupils as well as introducing and challenging our pupils to learn new materials.
In Early Years music contributes to a child’s development in personal, social and emotional development, as well as through communication and language. The most relevant statements for music are taken from the following areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design. Children also explore their Catholic faith though singing simple hymns and songs.
The elements of music are taught in lessons so that children are able to build on key vocabulary, discussing musical terms and evaluating performances.
Weekly music appreciation is key in enhancing the listening experience of our children. Various genres are shared with the children, showing an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles and composers from around the world and a greater understanding of how music is influenced by the wider, cultural, social and historical contexts in which it is developed.
KS2 all receive high quality Ukulele and guitar lessons from The Coventry Music Hub. In doing so, they develop their understanding of creating notes, as well as to read basic music notation. The Kapow scheme also allows for composing and performing using tuned and untuned percussion, as well as body percussion and technology such as ‘Garage band’.
Children take part in ‘Mornings of Music’ in Yr1 and Yr5, which is a programme of study which covers each musical element. Children learn new songs, accompaniments, rhythms and compositions which are then performed with other schools.
Our wider curriculum offers children the opportunity to learn to play or sing as part of a rock band. These high quality weekly lessons, led by outside music provider ‘Rock Steady’ are an extra musical experience for those children interested in exploring new Instruments, genre and song, working together as a team.
The pupils at Holy Family School will have developed musical skills which will have a positive impact on their learning and their wellbeing and happiness. Music allows pupils to explore, work as a team and to enjoy their skills and talents given to them be God. A varied music curriculum will allow our children to discover areas of personal preference, enjoyment and self-expression. Children will leave Holy Family with a sense of achievement and self-confidence showing appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. This will be measured through, pupil voice, discussion and feedback. Children will talk about their love of music and what they enjoy about this subject. Those who are engaged in extra- curricular music activities (e.g. choir & rock band), show real excitement and pride in their achievements outside of school.
Children will show an increase in their skills and knowledge of music as they move further through school. They accurately use appropriate vocabulary, knowing how to demonstrate different dynamics in performance. They talk about different styles and traditions in music, able to give their own opinions in relation to this.
Children will use an increased range of musical vocabulary, demonstrating increased skills and knowledge of the subject area. They will apply their own acquired musical skills into their performances and compositions.
Teachers can plan, using Kapow / Music HUb a range of opportunities for children to express their musical skills, knowledge and talents through creative and inspiring sessions inside and outside of school.
Music Appreciation 2022 -2023
Year 5 African Concert October 2022
Year 5 children were lucky to be involved in a wonderful concert celebrating African music and culture. We received training (including Mrs Corr-Wilson!) by Armonico Consort, who provided high quality lessons to teach the children the lyrics and music of the songs they would be performing live at a professional venue! It was a fantastic evening! Please see below for a selection of photos and videos from the concert.
Holy Family Music in the Curriculum