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Saint Anne's Catholic Primary just love to listen, perform and create music in a variety of ways. Please explore our music page to find out what our musical maestros have been up to! 

Our Music Vision:

 

The great philosopher Plato once stated that: “Music is a moral law, it gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Here at Saint Anne’s we also believe in the message that Plato recorded over a century ago by striving to allow every child to have happy, meaningful, purposeful musical experiences in their time as a pupil. It is our vision for music to be recognised as a subject in its’ own right as one that is logical, spiritual and artistic; one that has a link to every curriculum area and it’s importance in child development to not be understated as recent research has shown.

 

We believe that Music is a pertinent, important subject that teaches children several key aspects such as;

 

  • How to express themselves in a creative way 
  • Using music as a means to explore a range of emotions
  • Understand how music can be and is unique to both countries and cultures and therefore identity 
  • Know that music is unique to each individual 
  • Finely tuned listening, appraisal and performance skills that increases confidence and raises awareness of self-achievement 
  • Becoming sensitive and well aware of the impact music has had and captured in the world around us (both past and present)
  • That learning an instrument is a life-long skill which will bring enjoyment for many years

 

Our aims for every child;

  • Learn to use our singing voices expressively and appropriately 
  • Learn how to use tuned and untuned percussion instruments effectively to create a desired sound
  • Have the opportunity to learn an orchestral or otherwise recognised musical instrument 
  • Have a sense of awareness of audience and performance environment 
  • Maintain the ability to perform solo and as part of an ensemble
  • Respond to their own, each others ,live and recorded music through appraisal skills and discussion
  • Have a strong understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music  in order to both play and compose pieces
  • Engage pupils in a variety of musical experiences that will ignite their imagination, engagement and involvement at all ages

 

 

Music and The Recovery Curriculum

 

How Music “fits” in to the Saint Anne’s Recovery Curriculum

At Saint Anne’s Catholic Primary School, we feel that music is an essential foundation subject that develops not only children’s cultural capital but also their spiritual, emotional and cognitive development.  It is due to this core belief that we continue to strive for children to achieve in music through active participation through minimised risk.

Music has been carefully planned to ensure progression through “small steps”, back tracking if necessary to cover any gaps that have been caused through  time away in education as a direct result of Covid - 19.  We have assessed where the children’s attainment currently lies in all Key Stages and used this as a springboard to ensure a positive trend of progression, understanding what the children’s strengths are as well as what can be improved upon.  Music is a broad subject with many inter-related elements thus missed content is covered in several ways.  First and foremost is through quality first teaching, also through cross-curricular links and general school life.

Our Year 4 children are in receipt of “Wider Opportunities”.  The children are currently learning how to play ukulele.  It is our hope that by providing this opportunity that the children build upon their skills and knowledge preparing them for academic life as we transition from the effects of COVID-19 thus equipping our pupils with vital skills such as Listening and Attention, Appraisal, Composing, hand/eye co-ordination and above all else a love for the unique joy the arts can bring. 

 

How do we ensure that Music will be covered if/when blended learning is necessary?

 

Like so many other elements in our “new normal”, our Music curriculum has been amended to ensure that no child should go without quality first education either in school or, if the unfortunate situation should occur, at home.

As part of our Local Service Agreement with our Music Hub; Resonate, we have facilitated for every children to be in receipt of an “at home login” for the website “Charanga”.  Using this software both at home and school allows pupils to still engage in lessons that are being taught as well as provide evidence that they are engaging with tasks set.  Teachers and subject leads can monitor this easily by viewing their class activity and amending their plans when necessary to suit their children’s attainment. Teaching staff are well supported in this and can also plan for activities on our Google Classroom where children also have their own unique login.  

 

 

For further information regrading Music, please be directed to our Music Risk Assessment and Progression Plans

 

Distance Learning during School Closure

In the event "Home Schooling" should occur please find a useful list of links for you and your child to explore. 

Improving Cultural Capital in Covid

Saint Anne's Catholic Primary School Music Policy

Please note that during this period of transition from life post COVID-19 our progression and skills have been tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. This is in relation to our Recovery Curriculum and to also teach music in a safe yet fun environment. Please see below for the long term over view of how the units in Charanga will be taught.

Cultural Capital

Above you will find a document which outlines how music as a subjects creates and provides opportunities for our children at Saint Anne's Catholic Primary School!

Liverpool Resonate Music Hub- Music Services for School Children

 

Saint Anne's Catholic Primary School are delighted to work so closely with Liverpool Resonate Music Hub who provide us with fantastic educational support. However... did you know that Liverpool Music Services are available outside of "school" also?  

 

Does your child express interest in singing?

Does your child play an instrument and would like to perform? 

Does your child simply love music? 

 

If the answer is yes to any of the above please contact Resonate Music Hub for more information- please see the web-page below for more details.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

 

We have the following extra-curricular opportunities related to the performing arts this half term; 

  • Irish Dancing Club

Wider Opportunities 

 

Currently our Year 4 children are participating in our regional "Wider Opportunities" programme. The programme allows children to learn how to play an instrument, learn how to play as an ensemble and work on their skill set as musicians. Our Year 4 children are learning how to play "ukulele"! We are very much looking forward to hearing their wonderful pieces and all about their exciting learning they have undertaken!

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