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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong

Music

Intent

At St Mary’s we believe that music is a universal language that offers all children the opportunity to thrive. Our engaging and challenging music curriculum develops our children as well-rounded musicians with the confidence and skills to perform and respond creatively through music.

 

Implementation 

We believe that children learn best through actively participating in music making and aim to make musical sound, and particularly the singing voice, the target language of teaching in all lessons. Our children follow a clear progression in their learning about musical concepts including pitch, duration, timbre, tempo, dynamics, texture and structure. From Year R to Year 6, our curriculum steadily builds in complexity with children deepening their knowledge and growing in independence year on year. Children from year 2 onwards are offered the opportunity to learn an instrument through the rock and pop foundation. Throughout the school, our children participate in regular, high quality performance opportunities, from our harvest festival event to our year 6 leavers ceremony. As well as internal events, the school performs at external opportunities such as Young Voices events as well as the Barnaby Bear concert. We also provide an excellent range of extracurricular music activities including a school choir (Young Voices) and recorder clubs.

 

Impact

By the time children leave the school, all of our children will have had the opportunity to learn an instrument, to express themselves through singing and to create their own music. They will have participated in meaningful performance opportunities and taken pride in their own developing skills as musicians. Children will have developed a deep understanding of the dimensions of music, and will be able to listen with critical awareness to music from a wide range of genres and cultures.

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"I can't put into words what St. Mary's has done for my child in one term! Thank you!"

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"We are well and truly blessed with an amazing school, teaching staff, support staff and head teacher."

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"Thank you for leading such a wonderful, inclusive and thriving school."

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"St. Mary's is a special place. Children just love it and are embraced for who they are, with all the potential they hold!"

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"I have never come across a school so friendly."

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"We never doubted our move to St. Mary's but we regularly get these moments of feeling absolutely certain that it's the best place for our children - thank you."

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