Why is Music important?
Through music, we are provided with a powerful universal language which helps promote unity, enables us to process and express our emotions, and fuels our imagination. Music is important in developing individual discipline, focus and memory. Whether we are singing, playing, or listening, we develop our aural discrimination through music, which is an important part of communication and literacy.
Music at St. Dominic School
Music is very much part of the life of our school and there are many opportunities for pupils to get involved: we have weekly Praise and Worship singing assemblies where we learn hymns; our KS2 choir often leads singing in Masses and Liturgies; children in KS2 have the opportunity to sign up for extra curricular brass and violin lessons; over the year, there are plays and class performances, such as the EYFS & KS1 Nativities and the Years 5 & 6 end of year play; children in KS2 can join our very own orchestra - pupils enjoy coming together to play a variety of instruments, combining sounds and learning from each other.
How is Music taught?
Within thematic units, Music is taught through a combination of subject knowledge and composing, performing, listening and appraising skills. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.
Who do we learn about in Music?
We learn about a range of famous composers from history and we also learn about more contemporary composers.
How do we assess and monitor Music?
We use regular Kahoot! and retrieval quizzes to test knowledge within topics. Teacher assessment is also based on observations during lessons (particularly during performance elements), written compositions and written work.