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St Amand's Catholic Primary School

HOUSE MUSIC COMPETITION

All children at St. Amand's School are allocated to one of four Houses and within their House, various cross-curricular events take place.  This term we had a House Music Competition to encourage a bit of healthy competition between the Houses.  Each House had a musical era to research (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern) and children were asked to complete some homework based on the musical era for their House.  Entries were to a very high standard and we had a range of work which included biographies of composers, poetry, artwork, fashion for that era and also instruments made from junk modelling materials!  A massive WELL DONE to everyone for your hard work!  It is now on display in the School Hall for all to enjoy!  

Father Andrew and Mr Atkinson judging all the amazing entries for our House Music Competition…..Winners to be announced next week!! Watch this space…

And the winning House for the Music competition is ST. THERESA!  Well done everyone!  Children in St. Theresa celebrated their entries being part of the winning House by having a little musical party!  A few traditional games such as musical chairs and musical statues were very popular!

The arrival of some new glockenspiels have proved to be most popular in all classes.  In Hedgehogs Class, Mrs Kershaw led a session with children playing back the notes to various tunes!

There are lots of opportunities for children to build up their confidence playing to an audience, such as at the start and end of Collective Worship.  Piano and singing lessons have proven to be popular with Mr. Atkinson.  Even Mrs Ellery is fulfilling a life long ambition to learn the piano and has weekly lessons!

MUSIC

WHY DO WE TEACH MUSIC AT ST AMAND'S?

Music is, and always has been, an important part of the curriculum. It is a subject in its own right but is closely linked to all other core and foundation subjects. Research has proven that there is in children an inherent ability to respond to and participate in music. We see this first in a baby’s smile when listening to a parent’s song. It is through listening to speech patterns of musical nature that children first imitate and develop language. Nursery rhymes, action songs, songs about counting, fun songs and nonsense songs all provide a natural medium through which we first begin to teach our children. Here at St Amand’s School we believe that Music is both a practical and creative subject which should be of benefit to all of our children in developing co-ordination, imagination, listening skills and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings with sheer enjoyment and stimulation. We endeavor to teach them how to appreciate music in all forms and give them skills that enable them to participate fully in the making of music.

THE CURRICULUM AND PLANNING

At St Amand's we are very fortunate to use the music programme called 'Charanga', a music platform which offers everything needed to enrich the teaching and learning of music. 

This programme is specifically designed to cater for each year group.

Our music planning is used to:

  • Set clear goals.
  • Ensure work is matched to pupil’s abilities, experience and interest.
  • Ensure progression, continuity and subject coverage throughout the school
  • Provide criteria for assessment and evaluation and learning. Teacher’s curriculum

VIOLIN

Hedgehogs class are very fortunate to have Mr Levy come to teach  them violin every Friday. 

UPCOMING MUSICAL EVENTS

Led by Mr Atkinson, a Festival of Voices choir will be starting soon! 

Children will be singing at Dorchester Abbey on Thursday 16th June 2022.