Music Curriculum at St Peter and St Paul
At St Peter and St Paul we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
By following the National Curriculum for music, we ensure that all pupils:
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
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We run a weekly Junior and Infant Hymn Practice. These religious singing sessions enable pupils to learn and practice songs in-line with liturgical themes, throughout the year. This singing time is also an opportunity to rehearse songs for assemblies, liturgies, Easter and Christmas productions. During the sessions, as well as whole key stage singing, children are often encouraged to sing solo and in small groups and others are selected to play tuned/untuned percussion instruments, to accompany hymns.
The children are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular music activities, in order to extend their singing and classroom musical activities further. Our internal activities include a Junior Choir, Junior Kazoo Orchestra and Infant Kazoo Orchestra. As well as learning new and exciting songs, and developing their singing technique, choir members annually take part in the Young Voices Concert, at the O2 Arena (Greenwich). Kazoo Orchestra members play regularly in Mass and for Christmas productions and celebrations. We also offer piano lessons (taught by Dr. Shore) and violin lessons (through an external partnership with Bromley Music Youth Trust) at our Academy. For further information please speak to Dr. Shore or the Academy Office.
Alongside the musical activities offered, we are often fortunate enough to obtain tickets to experience live orchestral performances, through the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Bright Sparks scheme) and the Royal Opera House (Matinee Education scheme). Such experiences help to enrich the music curriculum, providing the children with exciting and memorable events and the chance to visit prestigious venues.