Music Curriculum Intent Statement
At St Swithun Wells, our music intent is to ensure that we make music an enjoyable learning experience and build the confidence of all pupils in performing and expressing themselves.
Music Curriculum Implementation Statement
We encourage pupils to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching and pupils have this experience weekly at our school. Through singing songs and hymns, pupils learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. We also teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse, pitch and rhythm as well as musical notation (UPKS 2) and composition. Music is taught by a lead teacher and pupils are given the opportunity to learn percussion and woodwind instruments. Instrumental teaching (keyboard) also takes place weekly, Performances happen twice a year which builds on learning that has taken place each term. This also involves choir.
Music is taught from Reception to Year 6 at St Swithun Wells. We follow elements of the Charanga Primary Music Programme and supplement with the teaching of percussion and woodwind instruments across Key Stage Two (Ocarinas and Recorders).
Bi- annually, Years 4 and 5 participate in the Voice In A Million Project in the SSE Arena Wembley in March.
We work closely with Hillingdon Music Hub Teachers. We have weekly singing teaching across the school with a professional baritone from the Music Hub. Children are also given the opportunity to additionally learn an instrument- violin, woodwind or keyboard.
St Swithun Wells' School Choir lead a music concert every Christmas and Summer and are accompanied by a number of solo instrumental performances. Other performances take place at church and local residential care homes.