St Augustine said “When we sing, we pray twice”. At St Agatha’s we raise our voices in prayer and thanks to God when we gather together. We value the joy that God’s gift of music brings to our school community through shared creative endeavour.
All classes from Nursery to Year 6 have a weekly lesson with our specialist music teacher. Singing is at the heart of our music making with great importance placed on The Voices Foundation methodology (www.voices.org.uk) which supports the development of singing in the primary school.
We enjoy opportunities to sing together in class, assembly and church. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have weekly ‘singing together’. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to join the popular school choir which meets weekly and performs regularly in school, our parish church and the wider community including John Lewis Kingston, The Landmark Arts Centre and The Rose Theatre.
All children in Year 4 learn recorder. In addition, instrumental lessons are available for a fee, provided by tutors from Kingston Music Service. Further information about instrumental lessons is available from Kingston Music Service -
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The music curriculum is well sequenced to provide children with opportunities to develop as musicians. Children are encouraged to develop their musical skills and techniques. There is a strong emphasis on practical music making and at the very heart of performing is singing.
Where possible, links are made to other subjects. For example, Year 6 study some well-known WW1 songs alongside their history topic.
|Key Stage 1|
Singing is at the heart of Key Stage 1 music making with songs and chants underpinning all areas of study. There are lots of opportunities for movement and active engagement through which pupils are able to develop a strong internalised sense of pulse, rhythm and pitch. Children gain confidence through repetition of techniques. Nativity performances are a highlight of the Autumn term. In the Spring term, Year 1 children begin to learn about dynamics control when performing. Percussion instruments are introduced to support the development of musical skills. In Year 2, children are introduced to soh and me hand signs to support pitch development. They also begin to distinguish between rhythm and pulse. By the end of Year 2 children read simple four beat rhythms using the Kodaly rhythm names. This builds on prior learning in Year 1 when they learnt to speak the names ta and ti-ti. Throughout the Key Stage, pieces of recorded music are carefully selected to reinforce key concepts.
|Lower Key Stage 2|
Throughout KS2, pupils continue to internalise key musical skills and techniques through a range of activities including call-and-response songs and chants, improvisation, movement and active listening. Pupils sing unison songs with a wider pitch range. They walk, move, clap a steady beat, following the tempo of the music as it changes. They learn about phrasing and music is carefully selected so that children can respond to changes in pitch, dynamics and tempo. In Year 3 children learn to play song rhythms on untuned percussion instruments and they develop early skills in improvising. This prepares them for learning the recorder in Year 4 when they are introduced to staff notation for the first time.
|Upper Key Stage 2|
In Upper Key Stage 2 children continue to build on their musical skills with increasingly challenging songs, chants and musical activities. They sing a wide range of songs including some with syncopated rhythms and in three or four parts. In Year 5, children develop their composition skills by participating in the English National Opera Finish This project. They also further develop their recorder playing, reading staff notation with increasing fluency and playing in parts. By the end of Year 6, children are able to improvise pentatonic melodies orally and on tuned percussion. They compose pentatonic melodies which they notate using Kodaly ‘stick’ notation and solfa. The highlight of Year 6 is the end of year production.
|We are delighted to have been awarded The Music Mark award by Kingston Music Service. The award is in recognition of the value placed on music at St Agatha’s ensuring that our pupils are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.|