We love music here at St Nicholas whether that be music lessons, singing practice, choir or choosing our celebration song in Friday’s celebration assembly and value its place as an important part of our school life.
We all feel the enjoyment that listening or dancing to our favourite music can create, singing our favourite songs, and understand the power that a great soundtrack has to build drama or add tension to a film.
At St Nicholas we aim to give every child the opportunity to experience the power of music to enhance our lives, as well as capitalizing on the benefits it gives in other areas of the curriculum. We follow the Music Express scheme of work throughout the school in order to provide clear progression.
Singing, playing instruments, performing, and composing are enjoyable, creative and fulfilling learning experiences in their own right, but research shows that this learning extends beyond the musical curriculum.
- Making music in the early and primary years increases listening and concentration skills, and enhances a child’s ability to discriminate between sounds. This improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills.
- There is a positive impact on spatial reasoning, which is linked to mathematical thinking and on physical co-ordination, which supports handwriting skills.
- Music-making in small groups promotes teamwork and the development of leadership skills, as well as being hugely enjoyable.
- Pupils’ confidence can be enhanced if they have opportunities to perform.
- Music-making has social and emotional benefits, helping children to improve their mood and relieve stress.
Singing is an important part of our school life as a Church school – “To sing, is to pray twice,” St Augustine – and alongside weekly whole school singing practice, we run an after school choir which sings at all of our church services. At Christmas, we invite in the community for carols and cakes and each class sings a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs and this is an occasion enjoyed by both the children and the wider community.