Music is a practical subject which should be enjoyed by all. We follow a scheme of work which allows for continuity and progression through the school. St Anne’s is proud of being ‘a singing school.’ It is an important part of our daily curriculum, particularly in the foundation stage and Key Stage 1, when children are lining up at break and lunch times. Singing games are encouraged in the playground and sometimes the class teacher sings the register. Each department has a weekly singing session with a music specialist. At present we are working towards achieving the Sing-Up Awards.
All children will play untuned and tuned percussion and are introduced to the descant recorder. Those who show an aptitude for the recorder have the opportunity to learn the treble recorder in the juniors. They also aim for assessment with the ABRSM medal system. Tameside Music Service enables us to provide tuition in clarinet, djembe, guitar and strings.
Listening to music is integral to the child’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. Listening takes place as the children enter the hall for Assembly, as part of Collective Worship in the classroom and as a stimulus or response in other subject areas. It is also used as a background to accompany children whilst working.
As a Catholic school, Music makes a significant contribution to our Community Life as we travel through the Church’s year. Parents and neighbours are invited to assemblies, concerts, Church Liturgies and other musical events – ‘Sing-a-thon’ and ‘A Musical Experience.’