At St. Peter’s, we acknowledge the important part that music plays in our everyday lives. Through music, our school community is powerfully united as we share in listening to and performing a wide range of musical styles and genres.
Our curriculum is designed to inspire children to develop and share a lifelong love of music. It is built upon an inclusive, high-quality framework which provides a sequence of concepts allowing a clear progression of knowledge and skills, nurturing fundamental musical techniques and leading to a mature musical understanding.
Our music curriculum is delivered by both classroom teachers and music specialists, in conjunction with both The Arts Centre Telford (TACT) and Telford & Wrekin Music. Music is taught by classroom teachers using the TACT scheme of learning, workbooks and curriculum driver documents. This allows all children to access a wide range of musical experiences from many genres and time periods. The breadth and depth of each of the four curriculum areas are mapped out to show the expected progression through the key stages. Lessons are planned with reference to the relevant threshold concepts: ‘Singing and Performing’, ‘Read, Write and Hear,’ ‘Playing and Exploring,’ and ‘Listen and Appraise,’ and our curriculum drivers. Threshold concepts are repeated, revisited and applied to a variety of different musical situations to develop a greater depth of learning.
Throughout Year 3, children are taught to play the dood (a pre-cursor to the clarinet) by a specialist woodwind teacher from Telford & Wrekin Music Service. They are then given the opportunity to continue to learn this instrument as they move into Year 4 and beyond.
All children in school have the opportunity to take music lessons on a range of other instruments, including voice, while at St. Peter’s. These instrumental lessons are provided by teachers from Telford Music School, and offered free-of-charge to all our Pupil Premium children.
We have a thriving school choir, who rehearse weekly after school and perform regularly and concerts and functions both locally and further afield.
Our children will leave St. Peter’s with a love of music, having experienced a wide range of singing, listening, composing and performing opportunities. They will be familiar with staff notation and have learned the foundations of this, enabling them to continue their musical studies if they so wish as they move on through life.