At St Elizabeth’s, the aim in Music is to involve all pupils in performing and composing Music, and to encourage them to listen and appraise with sensitivity. The children 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.
Each class has a practical session of singing, playing and listening each week. The curriculum is enhanced by a specialist subject teacher from the local secondary school who provides lessons, as well as arranging a range of educational visits and experiences designed to complement and contextualise classwork.
Children in Year 2 and Year 3 have recorder lessons. ‘Big Band’ and instrumental ensembles are offered at lunch time and after school, and pupils have an opportunity to receive further specialist instrumental tuition if desired. The children are also encouraged to join the school orchestra. In Year 4 all children learn to play the saxophone and clarinet.
Performance in Assemblies, school Masses and concerts are a regular feature of the Music curriculum. The musical highlights each year are the Key Stage 1 Nativities and the Junior Production each Summer.
In addition, the Richmond Music Trust (a registered charity) offers instrumental teaching in the following instruments: guitar, piano, violin, saxophone and clarinet.
For more information on the Richmond Music Trust, or to apply for instrumental tuition, please visit the Richmond Music Trust website at www.richmondmusictrust.org.uk.
Click here to view the Statutory Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for Music.