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St. Cross Catholic Primary School

“Together we grow in God’s love”

Music

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.  It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people.  Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.  Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject.  It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community.  We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

  • There are opportunities for children to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. There are music lesson fees for this option and in addition the cost of purchasing or hiring the instrument.  We currently offer tuition in the following instruments: violin, viola, flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, keyboard, recorder, guitar, drums and singing.  Tuition takes place during the school day and there are options for individual, paired or group lessons.
  • As part of the First Access initiative, children in Year 3 have a weekly class violin lesson and children in Year 2 have a weekly class recorder lesson.
  • We believe that music benefits the wider life of the school and there are plenty of opportunities for children to get involved in musical activities.  Through our liturgical celebrations there are many occasions for all children to enjoy singing together.  Specific year groups take leading roles in our Christmas and Easter productions.  Children who have instrumental tuition perform to the school regularly and in our Summer concert.
  • To reflect the continuous and on-going progression within school, and as an inspirational role model for younger pupils, ensemble singing and playing is offered in Key Stage 2.  The school choir is open to Years 5 and 6, where children can sing in two parts and participate in both large venue events and performances in the local community.  The Recorder Club in Key Stage 2 provides a valuable opportunity for children to play with other musicians and to perform to their families and the school.