Music at St Francis Xavier...
At Saint Francis Xavier, music will be predominately delivered through links to topics (where possible). Children will be taught to appreciate and understand a wide range of music drawn from different traditions as well as from great composers and musicians as stated in the national curriculum. Children will also be taught the history of music.
We strive to ensure that each child, throughout their time with us, will have an opportunity to play a musical instrument as well as attend a live musical performance. We endeavour to nurture a musical ear which children apply throughout their learning journey as well as develop a life-long love of music.
Music will be taught through the Kapow Primary Music scheme. Kapow Primary’s Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:
Each five-lesson unit combines these strands within a cross-curricular topic designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Over the course of the scheme, children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control.
They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music - pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics - and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions.
The Kapow Primary scheme follows the spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Children progress in terms of tackling more complex tasks and doing more simple tasks better, as well as developing understanding and knowledge of the history of music, staff, and other musical notations, as well as the interrelated dimensions of music and more.
Music will also be taught in a variety of ways linked to the class topic.
By the time children leave Saint Francis, they will have played a musical instrument and attended a live performance. They will be able to evaluate and discuss music using the correct subject specific language. They will have gained confidence listening and responding to music and using it to express themselves.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Music scheme of work is that children will: