Music is a real strength of St Mary's curriculum.
We believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to deliver a high-quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians; this will increase pupils' self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We employ a dedicated music specialist, Ms Wyld, to work with all our classes for two days a week. They are given opportunities to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including the work of great composers and musicians. Children are exposed to music from different cultures, for example, Year 5 and 6 learn to play the Samba Drums with Michael, our percussionist specialist.
Children are given regular opportunities to learn to sing, and we have a dedicated hymn practise for KS1 and KS2. These are supported through our whole school and class masses.
We have many other opportunities for children to learn an instrument in school including: guitar, violin, clarinet, flute and trumpet.
We are very proud of our end of year production for Years 5 and 6; it is a real highlight of the year. Visitors have said that last year's production of A Chinese Tale was the best they've seen at a primary school.
Please see the images below for a snapshot of musical life in our school.