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Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.

We offer a range of music lessons at St. Cuthbert's such as guitar lessons, violin lesson and recorder lessons. 

Music in the Foundation Stage is taught through the Early Learning Goal “Creative Development” and is an everyday part of activities in the classroom as well as specific music sessions

In the rest of the school, music is usually taught in a whole class situation. Content is often linked to the topic being studied if at all possible. 

The school practises and sings new hymns and songs together, and listens to a wide variety of music at the beginning of each prayer and liturgy.


Our aims of teaching music:

  • To develop all pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
  • To encourage active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.
  • To increase self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
  • To develop the singing voice and other musical skills (listening skills, aural memory and physical skills).
  • To identify different sounds and change and use sounds expressively in response to a stimulus.
  • To be able to discriminate between longer, shorter and higher and lower sounds and use them to create interesting sequences of sound.
  • To recognize the difference between pulse and rhythm and to perform with a sense of pulse.
  • To recognize different ways sounds are made and changed and to name and know how to play a variety of classroom instruments.
  • Be able to create, perform and analyse descriptive compositions that combine sounds movement and words.

Music in the National Curriculum

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