At St Anselm’s we believe that through a high-quality music education we can engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music is a strength of our school. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use percussion instruments in order to develop their creative skills. From year 2 all children learn the recorder and this continues in year 3 when children get the opportunity to join the recorder club and perform with other schools in the Borough.
There are two choirs in the school, one for children in year 2 and one for children from year 4. Our Key Stage 2 choir perform widely in the community throughout the year. The school also runs a lunchtime ukulele club for children from year 4 as well as one for parents one morning a week. There is also a school band which is made up of children from years 5 and 6 who learn orchestral instruments. Singing is a very important way of promoting the ethos of the school and all children participate in a weekly hymn practice. Currently, children can choose to have individual instrumental lessons learning the guitar or violin taught by peripatetic music teachers.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.