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St Nicholas CE VA Primary School

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Our intent for Music

It is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.  Children are able to collaborate in composition activities and to show empathy in their reviews of each others’ learning.  We encourage creativity and value input from all learners and all musical abilities.  We celebrate the efforts and achievements of all.


Enrichment Opportunities

Teachers incorporate workshops and trips to provide learning in a 'real life' context. These include:

  • Rotary Carol concert with schools across Harpenden
  • Harpenden Spring Music Festival
  • School Choir invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall
  • School Choir
  • KS1 music festival
  • Piano and woodwind tuition available
  • Nativity
  • Singing assembly
  • Class assembly
  • Year 6 production
  • Recorder club
  • Termly recitals for those taking instrumental lessons

Curriculum Outline

Music units are taught in a two year rolling cycle due to the mixed aged class structure.

St Nicholas CE Primary School, Church Green
Harpenden, AL5 2TP