Music at St Peter's

We are very fortunate to be sponsored by The Edie Hearn Trust whose donations allow us to continue to provide our pupils with an exciting and eclectic range of Arts opportunities and experiences during their time at St Peter's.

At St Peter’s, we believe that music is one of the best paths to self-discovery and that it can help to increase our pupil's awareness of the world around them. Our Music curriculum guides children into the creative world of music, allowing them to enhance their knowledge and understanding of sound, silence, listening and movement.

Our Music curriculum is designed to allow all pupils to:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.

  • Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

In Key Stage 1, our pupils are taught the basic elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and invented musical notation. Lessons are practical and involve singing and playing a range of instruments. In Year 2, children are introduced to their first instrument lessons – the glockenspiel.

In Key Stage 2, our pupils progress in their understanding of the elements of music through whole-class music lessons and group tuition in instruments. Pupils learn the recorder in Year 3, followed by the guitar in Years 5 and 6. In Year 4, pupils focus on learning music and composition through a whole class performance project.

Singing is an integral part of our music lessons at St Peter's and is also developed in weekly assemblies as well as through cross-curricular topic links to deepen vocabulary and understanding. Weekly accompanied singing also takes place as part of School Mass.

Our teachers follow a Music Skills and Knowledge Progression guide to ensure that pupils make progress in the areas of Performing, Composing, Responding, Listening To and Applying.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities offered at St Peter's:

St. Peter’s provides a range of opportunities for children to develop and showcase their musical skills.

  • In Key Stage 1 there are clubs for African Drumming, Cello, Guitar, Piano and Violin.

  • In Key Stage 2 there are clubs for African Drumming, Piano, Violin, Sax, Clarinet, Guitar and Glee Club Singing.

  • We also have two ensemble music groups – a Key Stage 2 Rock Band and a whole school orchestra.

  • The school choir also performs at community events such as carol singing or Proms Praise at the Royal Albert Hall.

  • We host a termly recital or concert, to which parents are invited, where children from all Key Stages can perform and showcase their musical skills.

Some of St Peter's Music highlights:

*Christmas Concerts and Carols in the Courtyard.

*Termly performance opportunities through whole school songs.

*Composer in residence – Jonathan Pease – working across Key Stage 2 to further musical appreciation.

If you have any questions about the Music provision at St Peter's, please contact our Music Coordinator, Ms Sarah.