At St James’ we engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music. We believe that music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can affect a pupil’s mood and the way that they feel, think and act. Music has many benefits; it can increase listening and concentration skills, self-esteem, confidence, creativity and memory.
Music is an important part of school life at St James’. The pupil’s sing during whole school and class assemblies, we have a great relationship with the Lancashire music service and our brass teacher James Hall and we hold musical performances throughout the year which are delivered by both the pupils in school and external agencies. We even have our own choir who have performed at the last choir singing competition.
As part of the music curriculum, each KS1 and KS2 child has the opportunity to listen to, appraise, create and perform music, including playing instruments.
Music is also incorporated into the Early Learning goals at the Early Years Foundation Stage and is firmly embedded in our Early Years provision. Music is part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning, but is also used to support all areas of learning, particularly linguistic development, social development and mathematical development.
In line with the National Curriculum, Key stage 1 children are taught to:
Key stage 2 children are taught to:
‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ Friedrich Nietzsche
“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley.
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” ― Johnny Depp
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan