“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan
At St Francis, we aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience which is accessible and inclusive for all. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We want our music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, whether that be as a whole class or as individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff. We aim to provide a range of musical opportunities both within the classroom and as enrichment activities outside of the classroom and also give regular opportunities for our children in performing to different audiences.
Each KS1 and KS2 class receives weekly singing sessions for two half terms of the year as part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. These are delivered by an expert Choral Director from the Diocese, focusing on positive engagement with singing and supporting the Catholic life of the school through sacred music. The sessions offer practical and incremental coverage of areas of the music curriculum - including notation - in a two-year curriculum framework developed by the Diocese, the National Schools Singing Programme and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Pupils also have the opportunity to join one of the Diocese's acclaimed after-school choirs. You can find online resources that support this work on the Schools Singing Programme's YouTube channel (www.schoolssingingprogramme.