At Holy Trinity, we are committed to providing a rich range of musical experiences for our children during their time in school. We believe that music should be a stimulating, challenging and uplifting experience achievable at the level appropriate to each child.
We aim to foster enjoyment and creativity through music with children viewing themselves as confident performers and composers who can listen and respond thoughtfully.
Music can lead to a sense of achievement; an increase in self-esteem; increased confidence; persistence in overcoming frustrations when learning is difficult; self-discipline; and provide a means of self-expression.
Music teaching a Holy Trinity aims to allow children to express themselves and share their thoughts and feelings with others. It gives children chance to be independent and creative whilst developing a tolerance through sharing.
During their music lessons, children will be exposed to different genres of music and have the opportunity to participate in music through listening and appraising, composing and performing. Each year the children will build on skills learnt in previous years by increasing the complexity of musical theory and performance.
Each unit of work covers listening and performing. Where possible, music units are linked to Cornerstone topics within classes, for example Space music in year 6. Planning follows the Foundation and Key Stage 1/2 Music Scheme by Ann Bryant, ensuring coverage and progression throughout the school. This is complemented by material, mostly from the BBC (KS2) and the Surrey Arts First Access to Percussion Instruments (KS1). Where appropriate, additional material for the non-specialist teacher is also provided through Music Express.
Surrey Peripatetic Music Service currently provide specialists to teach a variety of orchestral instruments, either to individuals or small group lessons. Many of the children who receive lessons will enter an exam during their course of learning whilst at Holy Trinity, from pre-grades up to grade 5 and beyond. Children are encouraged to perform to the school during whole school worship and in the dining hall at lunchtime. Children from years 2 – 6 are encouraged to join the School Choir, which meets once a week. Music fosters strong links within the community, with residents from the local care home being invited to watch the Year 5/6 Christmas Carol Concert and in return, being entertained at their care home. The choir perform at local events in the village.
Gordon’s school Christmas Fair and Summer Arts Festival. Over 70 children from years 4-6 take part in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 in London each year, performing alongside over 7000 children. At the end of year Proms concert, the children are encouraged to perform to a large audience, either as part of the choir or on an instrument that they have been learning.