Music

Music is taught by our specialist teacher, Mrs Bartholomew in hourly lessons once a week for each class in Year One to Six.

Great value is placed on the positive impact that music can have on every aspect of learning at St Paul’s School.

In music lessons, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

Resources from Music Express and Charanga music schemes are used to ensure a consistent musical development throughout the school. The children are introduced to a wide range of musical styles and genres from different times and places, including the classical Western canon during music lessons and singing assemblies. A wide variety of notations, including picture, graphic, rhythm and staff notation are integrated, wherever appropriate, with practical music-making activities.

The whole school enjoys a Singing Assembly once a week on Thursday mornings from 9.00am to 9.30am. We sing worship songs in different styles, sometimes in two parts, as a round, with actions or with special accompaniment.

Our choir, St Paul's Singers, meets twice a week and sings a wide range of music. The choir performs in our end of term church services, at our Christmas Celebration and Christmas Fair, Spring Concert and at the Festival of School Choirs in the Rose Theatre.

As part of Kingston’s Wider Opportunity Programme, all children in Year Four learn to play the violin for one term and in Year Five they given one term’s tuition on the ukulele. The lessons culminate in an end of term performance. Instruments are provided by KMAS.

Year Five and Six children are given the opportunity to continue to learn to play the violin as part of our ‘Follow-on’ and ‘Follow-on-Again’ groups or individual lessons.

We enjoy offering peripatetic lessons through Kingston’s Music Services, with pupils currently learning to play the flute, violin, cello, ukelele, guitar and piano.

St Paul’s Orchestra meet every Wednesday morning, directed by Mrs Bartholomew.

Click to see pictures of the Summer Concert

Our music intent - KS1

  • To have high quality non-fiction music books available in the school library for pupils to read for personal interest to start to develop an understanding of the history of music, music from different traditions and knowledge of the great composers.

  • To apply English and maths skills in music ie good speaking and listening skills when describing sounds or pieces of music, extending pupil’s vocabulary using musical terms, understanding the mathematics of the number of beats per bar and how this effects the feel of music.

  • For pupils to be resilient, able to persevere and learn from their mistakes when chanting, singing or playing instruments or body percussion.

  • To begin to foster a deep respect for beliefs, cultures, different world views and all that makes us unique by learning about music and musicians from different traditions.

  • For pupils to be able to problem solve in music, ie to experiment, create, select and combine sounds to give specific sound effects.

  • To be able to give their opinion about music that they have listened to.

  • To perform using their voices expressively and creatively and to play instruments musically.

  • For pupils to have a rich culture capital ie to appreciate and understand a range of live and recorded music.

  • To foster children who are appreciative of the range of music that is available to everyone to experience through listening to recordings, live performances and for the opportunities they have to learn to play different classroom percussion, as well as singing as a class and whole school.


Our music intent - KS2

  • To have high quality non-fiction music books available in the school library for pupils to read for personal interest or research to develop an understanding of the history of music, music from different traditions and knowledge of the great composers.

  • To apply English and maths skills in music ie good speaking and listening skills when analysing music, descriptive writing based on a piece of music listened to, using poems to inspire composition, extending pupil’s vocabulary using musical terms, understanding the mathematics of rhythmic notation.

  • For pupils to be resilient, able to persevere and learn from their mistakes when composing and performing, in order that they will sing and play instruments with increasing confidence and control.

  • To communicate effectively and confidently when expressing their opinions on music they have listened to, whether recorded or live, by professional musicians or their peers.

  • To foster a deep respect for beliefs, cultures, different world views and all that makes us unique by learning about music and musicians from different traditions.

  • For pupils to be able to problem solve in music, ie to choose appropriate sounds to give specific sound effects or represent feelings, atmospheres, places; to create a rhythm pattern that fits with given number of beats per bar; to match chords to accompany a melody.

  • For pupils to be able to use critical thinking skills when listening to music, to be able to give constructive feedback to others about their performances and compositions.

  • Pupils who serve, ie pupils who have individual instrumental lessons being willing to share their musical skills and knowledge in group work with other pupils who have not had as much experience as they have; singing worship songs in our church services; St Paul’s Singers learning assembly songs in advance to help teach them to rest of the school.

  • Pupils who play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

  • For pupils to have a rich culture capital ie to appreciate and understand a wide range of music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians; to develop a good understanding of the history of music.

  • To foster children who are appreciative of the vast range of music that is available to everyone to experience through listening to recordings, live performances and for the fantastic opportunities they have to learn to play different instruments such as the violin, ukulele and classroom percussion, as well as singing as a class, whole school or choir.