Performing Arts incl. Music

On this page, you will find relevant information about the Performing Arts incl. Music Curriculum at St Matthew's.
At St Matthew’s we believe that Music stimulates creativity and imagination and provides a unique  way of understanding and responding to the world. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, whilst also providing children with a historical and cultural understanding of Music. As well as being creative and enjoyable, Music at St Matthew's is also a highly academic and challenging subject. We provide many opportunities for children to create, play and perform, whilst developing the skills necessary to appreciate a wide variety of Music from a wide-range of periods and genres. The appreciation and enjoyment of the Music enriches all our lives, and through experiencing Music,  children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence. 
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.  Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Through Music, we endeavour to;
  • develop the whole person
  • challenge, create and collaborate
  • develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities
  • improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools, instruments and techniques
  • increase their critical awareness of the Arts in different times and cultures
  • develop increasing confidence in the Arts
  • foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the Arts and a knowledge of artists
  • develop a range of subject-specific skills, such as understanding how music is made through a variety of interrelated dimensions and that it can be composed and written down

Pupil Voice

Year 6 

“In Music, we’ve been learning Silent Night for the nativity. I love singing because it brings joy to the world.”

Year 5 

“In Music, we learnt about Beethoven who was deaf so he couldn’t listen to his own music. It’s weird that he could be creating something different to what everyone else hears.”

Year 4 

“We’ve been learning about different styles of music, which I like. I feel joyful when I sing.”

Year 3 

“We’ve been working as a class to come up with actions for We Three Kings for the nativity. It’s been fun to make them up together and then agree on them. It makes me happy.”
Reception - Music Games

Children have been introduced to music lessons through a variety of music and singing games chosen to develop listening, concentration and confidence within a musical setting. 
Year 2
Children learnt to sing ‘Siyahamba’ as a class and to mark and hold the pulse of the music using various body percussion.
London’s Burning

Children have used the traditional song ‘London’s Burning’ as a basis to explore the interrelated dimensions of music, primarily pulse, rhythm and texture.
Year 4
Glockenspiel Skills
Children learnt to play a range of music on the glockenspiel confidently with accurate pitch and rhythm and with correct technique.
Music Hall – Any Old Iron?

Children have sung a variety of Music Hall Songs in tune and accurately, isolate and sustain rhythmic ostinatos and record, appraise and improve their work.
Children have built on their introduction to recorders in Year 3 to develop their playing and performance skills through learning a variety of short, festive pieces.
Year 5
The Rainforest
Children participated in whole class percussion sessions using voice, body and small percussion and used small percussion to play simple samba beat in 3 parts.
Savannah Songs

Children have used music notation and a variety of instruments to explore African influences on popular music.
Children will build on their knowledge of recorders from Year 4 to learn to play a variety of short pieces with increasing note range, accuracy and strength of tone.
Other Achievements
Reception, Year 1 and 2 have worked hard this half term to develop their vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques in preparation for the Nativity.

Reception learnt to listen with concentration to help learn Away in a Manger.

Year 1 focused on using their voices expressively to learn a variety of festive songs.
Year 2 used their voices expressively and creatively and worked on their overall performance skills to learn a variety of festive songs.
Choir of the Year

A huge congratulations to our wonderful Choir and Rosy, our Music teacher, who won the Choir of the Year competition at St. John Bosco. A well deserved victory!
Carols by Candlelight
A huge well done to our amazing choir who helped raise over £10,000 for the NSPCC at their Carols by Candlelight concert at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral last week. It really was a magical night!
Chance 2 Dance Challenge

Congratulations to our amazing Gifted and Talented Dancers who won St. John Bosco's Chance 2 Dance Challenge with their amazing routine all about self-acceptance. Well done to everyone involved!
Year 1
I Like the Flowers
Children learnt the song ‘I Like the Flowers’ to explore the dimensions of music and wrote their own original lyrics.
Traditional Tales

Children have used small percussion instruments to begin to explore the interrelated dimensions of music, identify instruments from within the main orchestral families and discuss the way that they can be used to tell a story.
Year 3
Glockenspiel Skills
Children learnt about and explore the glockenspiel using the interrelated dimensions of music and began to learn about staff notation.
Carnival of the Animals

Children have explored a variety of percussion and vocal sounds and movements to represent different animals from the story ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl.
Children have been introduced to the recorder to learn a variety of short, festive pieces.
Year 6
The Mariachi bands of Mexico and La Bamba

Children began to develop tuned percussion skills, an understanding of the musical scale and ensemble skills, arranging, rehearsing and performing.

Children will build on their knowledge of recorders from Year 4 to learn to play a variety of multi-part pieces with increasing note range, accuracy and strength of tone.
Poetry Workshop

Year 5 got the chance to hone their poetry skills in a workshop run by Writing on the Wall. All the children have now completed the final drafts of their poems and will be submitting them to the I Know, I Wish, I Will poetry competition, hoping to perform them at the final in London next year! Look out for details of our upcoming poetry slam where we'll showcase our entries.
Peace Proms

Wow! What an amazing time the choir had performing at the M&S Bank Arena as part of the Peace Proms concert. We sang a range of songs from Disney to Pop to Queen, all accompanied by a full orchestra and a 2,500 strong choir. What an experience!
Peter Pan Performance and Workshop

The whole school had a wonderful time enjoying Peter Pan! From Reception to Year 6, there was something for everyone. Afterwards, Year 5 were treated to a workshop were the children had a chance to act out the story for themselves.
Rhyme Time in Raindrops

At Rhyme Time in Raindrops we had fun playing instruments and singing songs. We even changed the tempo (fast or slow) and dynamics (loud or quiet) on some of them!
Peace Proms Workshop

Choir had a fantastic time at the M&S Bank Arena this week when they took part in a workshop for their Peace Proms performance next January. We sang a little bit of everything from Queen to George Ezra and The Greatest Showman!
Singing in the Community

4C visited The Poppy Centre to sing songs from their Music Hall topic, including Any Old Iron?, Daisy, Daisy and My Old Man. The children sang beautifully and spent lots of time mingling and sharing their stories with the residents. They were a credit to St Matthew's!