At St. Joseph’s, we believe that music is an essential part of a balanced education for all children. Our curriculum which based upon the Charanga scheme is inspiring and exciting and builds upon children's prior knowledge and encourages them to become life-long musicians.
St Joseph’s Music curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities for children become confident and reflective musicians. They develop and celebrate their God-given gifts of attentive listening, singing, playing, composing, and performing.
We follow the Charanga scheme of learning, which provides an interconnected spiral curriculum, so that children develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental building blocks of music – such as tempo, pitch, or dynamics. Skills and knowledge are built upon from EYFS through exploration and as children progress through the Key Stages, they grow in confidence in performance. Our children access new musical concepts while re-visiting established skills. Children are exposed to music from cultures around the world and are taught to listen and reflect. They learn a wide variety of songs, putting their theoretical knowledge of rhythm and melody into practice. Children will learn to play tuned and untuned instruments and will be given the opportunity to perform to an audience to show their work. They respond to a variety of music types, improvise using new skills they have learnt in class, and create new compositions using different notations.
Children use these skills across the curriculum areas and are given opportunities to perform throughout the school year. Our children will sing in Mass, during class liturgies, perform in Nativities and end of year performances, sing in the community and with other Worcestershire schools at large venues and use their musical skills in whole-school events.