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St Louis Catholic Academy

St Louis
Catholic Academy

Music

Music

Music is used to engage and inspire, to increase self-confidence and creativity. Pupils perform, compose, listen, sing and play instruments. We teach music using a specialist teacher and all children are offered the opportunity to learn an instrument as part of lessons. We also partner with a singing tutor for some year groups. The school has two choirs, a lower key stage 2 teacher-led community choir and a Key Stage 2 choir led by Daniel Justin from Norwich Catholic Cathedral. 

The progress that the new choirs, formed in  September  2023, has been impressive, with forty children being led by Daniel Justin and a further group of thirty community singers by Lower Key Stage 2 staff with the opportunity for singing each week. Working as part of a choir improves focus and behaviour, raises self-esteem and helps children to develop new friendships around a shared love of music. Some of our more talented singers have been stretched and introduced to music pieces that they would not previously have accessed. As a school, we love to sing. We hold a weekly singing assembly, where we rehearse songs for our assemblies, Masses, prayer liturgies and concerts.

We use a range of instruments to help children learn in their weekly music lessons. Over their time in school, children in every class learn to play percussion instruments, keyboard and ukulele. 

There is also a Ukulele Club that is led by the music teacher. 

KS1
Percussion and rhythm
Spring:

  • Playing games and activities that uses a steady beat – marching, body percussion etc.
  • Musical rhythm notation will be practised this way to improve the students understanding of quavers, crotchets, minims and semibreves.
  • Opportunities to individually perform in a classroom setting, as well as group performances.
  • Singing along with their instrument 

Summer:

  • Students to transfer their rhythmic skills learned during the spring term to develop basic skill of  playing handheld percussion instruments (djembe, triangle etc.)
  • Enhance their ambidextrous co-ordination 
  • Opportunities to individually perform in a classroom setting, as well as group performances.
  • Begin using a variety of dynamics
  • Singing along with their instrument

LKS2
Keyboard and sight reading
Spring:

  • Begin learning basics of keyboard over theory including pitch, scales, triads and begin sightreading staves. Incorporate previously learned theory
  • Develop knowledge of and recognise different timbres and instrument families
  • Listen to significant musical pieces/ composers to develop musicology 
  • Singing along with their instrument 

Summer:

  • Advance knowledge surrounding notation/sheet music (dotted notes etc)
  • Begin creating short compositions
  • Singing along with their instrument
  • Listen a variety of genres and understand their characteristics
  • Opportunities to individually perform in a classroom setting, as well as group performances.

UKS2
Ukulele/Recorder and music theory
Spring:

  • Class performances on ukulele
  • Pick up on re-learning recorder
  • Sightreading staves
  • Advance knowledge surrounding notation/sheet music (dotted notes etc)
  • Begin learning about musical periods
  • Listen to significant musical pieces/ composers to develop musicology

Summer:

  • Opportunities to individually perform in a classroom setting, as well as group performances, either on ukulele, recorder and/or vocals
  • Write and perform short compositions as part of a small group/ensemble
  • Listen to a variety of genres and understand their characteristics
  • Learn the country of origin/association with instruments to learn about different cultures within music

 

The weekly music focus for teaching is attached below