At St Mark’s, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience, achieve and enjoy the subject of music. Learning and teaching in music is not only based around the national curriculum but also forms part of our whole school cross–curricular approach to learning and teaching.

At St Mark’s we believe very much in providing a rich and enjoyable Music education for all our pupils from EYFS to Year 6. Music is taught once a week by a specialist music teacher, Mr Allinson. We also have a visiting Woodwind tutor who leads recorder and clarinet teaching for our Year 4 class.

Music is fantastic for our pupil’s well-being and a highlight of being at St Mark’s.

A high quality music education inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence and creativity.

Through responding to and playing a wide range of music/instruments, the children are helped to understand how sounds are made, changed and organised.  The children develop an understanding of musical processes including learning about and reading relevant musical symbols and notation.  The children understand how music is influenced by history, time and place of origin.

The teaching of music at St Mark’s develops skills and attitudes which can support learning in other curriculum areas e.g. listening skills, concentration levels, perseverance, self-confidence, creativity, respect and sensitivity towards others.

There are opportunities to work on projects at home with parents and carers, and celebrations of music in school to share children’s achievements and learning.