Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Learn. Together we will soar to new heights

Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670

holyspirit@sthelens.org.uk

Music

Our music subject leader is Mrs Sarah Prior. Miss Walsh and Mr Delaney also support with the leadership of music. 

"Music is the universal language of mankind." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 

Our vision for Music at Holy Spirit

At Holy Spirit, it is our intention that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We follow a scheme called Charanga.  We want music to be an enjoyable experience for all children and aim to develop not only their talent as musicians, but also their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We are committed to helping children the impact music can have and the value of it in the wider community. Our objective is that children are able to use their musical skills, teamed with their progressing musical vocabulary to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts such as concerts, choir, watching a live orchestra, singing at the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in Parr and singing and sharing our talent with the residents of Madison Court Care home. 

We often go on visits to widen our cultural experiences of Music. Each class will have the opportunity to visit the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this year to listen to and watch the world famous Philharmonic Orchestra.

These concerts link directly to Key Stage 2 Science and Geography curriculum by inspiring pupils to develop a curiosity and fascination about the Earth's key physical and human processes.

Roadmap for Music from Nursery to Year 6

Music Curriculum map from Nursery to Year 6

Progression of skills in Music from Nursery to Year 6 

Progression Maps

Music Progression Map EYFS

Music Progression Map Year 1

Music Progression Map Year 2

Music Progression Map Year 3

Music Progression Map Year 4

Music Progression Map Year 5

Music Progression Map Year 6

The document below contains the Programmes of Study for the New National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2.  It outlines what is taught in Music throughout the school.

Primary National Curriculum for Music 

Our Holy Spirit Choir

Our choir is led by Miss Walsh and Mr Delaney. We have 32 children in our choir which meet every Thursday 3-4pm to sing! We have been to Madison Court Care home this term to share some songs of Peace. This term we are looking forward to singing at the switching on of the Parr Christmas tree!


Singing songs of Peace at Madison Court Home

Sharing the beautiful song 'Let there be peace shared among us' with all of the residents of Madison Court Care home

Our amazing choir singing at the switching on of the Parr Christmas tree

Our progression in Music display. 

Our Music ambassadors. 

Mr Delaney's Music superstars!

Music around our school 

Nursery 

In Nursery, music is embedded in many of our sessions, we use it to engage the children and unbeknownst to them, access the curriculum.  In this video the children have been working on Nursery Rhymes during their Phonics sessions.  

The Nursery children learn a weekly Nursery Rhyme, this works hand in hand with their phonics sessions.  They particularly enjoyed 'Miss Polly Had a Dolly', the children have learned all the actions and the words. Fantastic!!

In EYFS, we have a music area for the children to engage with during our 'Adventure Time'. The children can be very creative and love to explore the different musical instruments. 

Reception

Reception have been working very hard in their music lessons, since their return after Christmas. They have been focusing on a topic called 'Everyone', this has required them to learn a selection of Nursery Rhymes, learning the song and the actions.

Year 1

Thank you to Leyla and Emily for chatting with me about what they have been doing in Year 1, during the Autumn term.  They have been busy in their music lessons using the instruments to accompany 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'. Fabulous Year 1!

In Spring 1 the children have been working on a piece called 'Into the Groove'.  The children have enjoyed working on the piece in a selection of different music styles.  The sessions also include fun warm ups! Fabulous!

Year 2

Thank you Nico and Sophia, for sharing what you have been doing in Year 2 in the Autumn term.  It sounds like you have been very busy learning lots of new songs for your Nativity!

Year 3

A huge thank you to Chisimdi for telling me about what Year 3 have been doing in the Autumn term.  They worked very hard with Mr Delaney on the keyboards, also learning 'Mary had a Little Lamb' and 'Jingle Bells'. Well done Year 3!!

Thank you to Mr Delaney and the Year 3 children, for letting me come into their music session to take some pictures. You were all amazing!!

Year 4

Thank you to our Year 4 ambassadors! They were very excited to tell me about the song they have been learning in music called 'Stop Bullying'. I can't wait to hear it!!

Year 5

We learnt to sing Bon Jovi's, 'Livin' on a prayer' and played the glockenspiels to it.

Our Year 5 children have been very busy in their music lessons learning the songs 'Living on a Prayer' and 'We Will Rock You!'.  Amazing!!

This half term our Year 5 children have been working on the musical piece 'Make You Feel My Love' originally by Bob Dylan but recently produced by Adele. The children not only sing the piece but also play the glockenspiel. Fantastic!!

Year 6

Thank you to Mr Delaney and Year 6, for letting me come into your keyboard session. You were all fabulous and so focused. Amazing!