At Cardinal Newman we believe that primary music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. With that at the heart of our curriculum, we ensure children have specialist music teaching, where they gain a firm understanding of what music is, through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, composing and improvising, across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and genres.
We aim to develop children's music skills throughout their primary education in a spiral of progression, focusing on the musical elements.
Singing is particularly important, and every year group has the opportunity to rehearse and perform a production to a live audience, to strengthen their singing and performance skills and confidence. All children also have the opportunity to represent the school at local and national music festivals and events, as well as collaborating on music projects with linked primary and secondary schools – such as Djembe drumming and Samba workshops.
Instruments also play a key part in each year group’s music lessons: specifically Glockenspiel and Ukulele. Additionally Surrey Arts provide individual and small group instrument tuition in guitar and piano. Extra curriculum music opportunities open to pupils include Choir, Sing and Sign, Ukulele club and iRock.
We aim to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them throughout their lives. Through all musical activities, we ensure that music is an inspiring and engaging experience that enables every child to develop their musical potential, as well as an overarching appreciation of the value of music in their own lives.