Music At St. Augustine’s

Intent

We will inspire our children to appreciate the power of music through exciting memorable learning experiences that will allow them to demonstrate their musical talents and capabilities.

At St. Augustine’s, we will lay the foundations for children to have a lifelong appreciation of music. We promote a love of singing, playing and listening through a variety of contexts. We demonstrate how music can make us happy, motivated and focused. By the end of KS2, we aim for children to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to take their love of music to highest possible level.

Implementation

Our music curriculum is delivered in a range of ways. Each class explores and learns key skills in music through our new and exciting Tees Valley Music Service (TVSM) Charanga scheme. Not only does this scheme compliment the intent behind our music curriculum, but it also provides a range of units that can be taught ‘freestyle’ in order to make our curriculum bespoke to our students.

Alongside our Charanga scheme, classes across school receive provision from TVMS each year including Ukulele sessions (Y5 – 6), Recorder sessions (Y3 – 4), Snappy Classroom (R and Y2) and most recently a dinosaur music workshop (Y1) which complimented the class’ current topic.

We are very lucky at St. Augustine’s to also receive additional music provision from Mr. Timothy Harrison (Director of Music in the Diocese of Middlesbrough). For year’s 2 – 6, Mr. Harrison delivers music sessions that cover a range of skills. The children have the opportunity to sing liturgical hymns and songs but also develop their musical awareness by exploring key features of music such as notation and composition.

Impact

Teachers will be able to monitor the progress of their pupils against our Music Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) using Charanga’s helpful evidencing system which allows staff to upload both pictures and videos of their pupils to demonstrate and evidence their progress in music. We also value our student voice and have used a range of methods so far including questionnaires and focus groups to assess our pupils’ views of music and the opportunities they receive both in and outside of the classroom.

Our Music Clubs

St. Augustine’s School Choir

St. Augustine’s school choir is a group of approximately 30 children who are passionate about singing lead by Mrs Woodhead. Throughout the year, they rehearse a range of hymns and songs in preparation for performances and celebrations.

In the last academic year (2019 – 2020) the choir had a fantastic time at the Snappy Christmas event and will also be taking part in Snappy Spring in the next coming weeks.

St. Augustine’s Ukulele Club

KS2 have been offered the chance to learn the Ukulele every Monday lunchtime starting this half term with Miss Drumm. We will be learning how to tune our instruments, how to play a range of chords and ultimately build up a bank of songs to play together. We hope to prepare for a showcase to students and parents at the end of the year.

 

Gallery

Y5 TVSM Ukulele sessions

Tim Harrison singing session (Y2 – 6)

 

TVSM Snappy Classroom provision

Choir attending Snappy Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Music Policy

St Augustine Music policy