At Linthorpe, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is a unique way of communicating that inspires pupils and helps them to feel part of a community. Our high-quality music curriculum both develops pupils' love of music as well as their talent as musicians.
Our music curriculum is built around the development of musical knowledge as well as the progression of domain specific skills: singing songs with control and using voice expressively; listening, memory and movement; controlling pulse and rhythm; control of instruments; composition; reading and writing notation.
As they travel through school, children are taught how to think, speak and work like a musician and in doing so, they engage with music from a variety of genres, cultures and eras. We adopt as practical an approach as possible to music, using instruments to bring music to life.
Whole class instrument lessons
At Linthorpe, we believe that all children should experience the joy of learning how to play an instrument. Specialist music teachers lead whole class music lessons in each year group.
In addition to weekly singing assemblies led by our vocal specialist, we aim to offer other special musical experiences to each year group. These include singing in church (Y3/Y4 Christmas Nativity); music workshops (Steel Pans Y4 / Y5); Christmas performances (e.g. Y5/Y6 Christingle) and our annual Arts Club production.
Our LCPS choir meet weekly. These children perform in assemblies, at PTA events as well as go out to sing in the community care homes and hospitals.
Music lessons are also available during school time for those children who wish to progress with an instrument on an individual basis.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
SMSC forms an integral part of our music curriculum:
Spiritual - Listening to, creating or performing music can be a moving and spiritual experience, creating awe and wonder. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on the important effect that music has on people.
Moral – Pupils learn to respect all genres of music. Additionally, children learn to look after the musical instruments and equipment, and treat it with respect.
Social – Through the common goal of making music, pupils learn to work effectively with others and build good relationships.
Cultural- As well as our weekly assemblies, our daily Cultural Capital sessions stimulate pupils’ curiosity about, and tolerance of, differing cultures/religions and their music, whilst also developing a growing awareness of the very best in the musical canon.