We are following the new National Curriculum 2014 for music

Music is a unique form of communication, which is valued here at school. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. We feel it helps our children to understand themselves and relate to others as an integral part of culture, both past and present. We teach the children to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and make their own judgements about quality. It encourages involvement at all levels, individual and communal thus developing a sense of group identity, self-discipline, creativity and fulfillment.

At the early stages children listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. We encourage them to play musical instruments and sing songs from memory. They explore and enjoy creating sounds and find out how sounds and silence can create effects and moods. Further up the school, our children sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence and skill and expression. They are given opportunities to improvise, develop compositions and explore thoughts and feelings of their own and those of others.

At St Anne's we believe that it is important that all children are given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.  In Y3 our children learn to play the drums; spending an hour a week for two terms. They display their talents at the end of each term with an amazing concert for their peers and parents. In Y4 they get the opportunity to learn the violin or cello; again putting on a public performance. In Y5 it is time to visit the brass family for two terms.  In Spring term the children get the amazing opportunity to play their instruments alongside the Halle orchestra at the Bridgewater hall.

If playing an instrument is not your child's 'thing' perhaps they would like to join our 50 strong choir, whose Christmas and Summer performances are so professional you would think that they were members of a professional stage company. They regularly win 'best choir' award at the Nantwich Education Partnership's Schoolsfest.

Our Y4 children always look forward to joining with the children from St Thomas More Academy and  St Mary's Primary in Crewe for their annual school's performance. This year they will enthrall us with their production of Animal Farm.

Performance is an important part of developing a  child's self esteem. Every year EYFS, Year1 and 2 remind us of the true meaning of Christmas with their Nativity play. At Easter Year 3 and 4's Passion Story play is always very poignant. In the Summer term we are entertained by the Year 5 and 6's, when Mrs Robert ( the Y6 teacher) writes and directs a play, which is especially choreographed with the current children in mind.

The Love Music Trust and Music for Life tutors provide peripatetic lessons at  a very reasonable price either in  groups or individually. Ask at the office for details if your child would like to either continue to learn an instrument or learn a new one.

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St Annes Catholic Primary School

Wellington Road

Main Contact: Mrs M Ashbrooke, School Business Manager

Tel: 01270 260783

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