St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School

Music

We are very proud of our Music programme. Take a walk through our school, and you will hear it for yourself:

... the uninhibited joy of the Reception children’s voices, the diligent notes of our peripatetic instrument tutors and students from our dedicated Music Room, the enthusiastic tone of a whole-class Year 4 recorder lesson and the moving maturing voices of our Year 6 children rehearsing for a Mass.

Our vision is for every child to receive high-quality classroom teaching in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines: to play, improvise, listen, appreciate and to understand. Furthermore, we seek, through our extracurricular programme, to offer all children an array of opportunities to explore their emerging musical talents, interests and inclinations to their fullest.

In Reception and Key Stage 1, we follow the Jolly Music Programme. The scheme is based on Kodaly principles and is excellent for developing a deep understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch. Aural skills and memory are also advanced through singing and the use of the “thinking voice”. In addition, we explore different composers and styles of music.

In Key Stage 2, the children develop their understanding of the dimensions of music through exposure to the glockenspiel, ukulele and recorder. They fine-tune their listening and appraising skills through the study of different composers and genres. They learn about the history of music, and are encouraged to develop their own personal views and musical tastes.

All children attend weekly hymn practice where they learn to sing in unison and in parts and where they start to develop an understanding of musical vocabulary and structure.

Our children also sing in weekly Key Stage Assemblies and Gospel Assemblies.

The high points of each school term are our Whole School Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Many hours of singing and instrumental rehearsals culminate in these truly spiritual occasions.

Our Masses offer our children the opportunity to sing in their year groups, perhaps as part of a specially arranged ensemble, as a member of the School Choir or to play an instrument as a member of the School Orchestra.

Our School Choir performs throughout the year at school fairs and at events within the local community. We take part in the annual Elmbridge Music Festival, joining with other local schools to experience the occasion of performing a concert to a large audience.

We offer in-house instrument tuition through the Surrey Arts Music Trust. We currently have children learning to play the piano, violin, recorder, flute and guitar - amongst many others.

We are truly fortunate in our Music department to have the support of our many enthusiastic parents. If you feel you could contribute to the musical life of the school, we would love to hear from you.

 

"Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

Psalm 150: 1-6