Mr Jonathan Hughes
Music Subject Leader
Mrs Jean Williams
Music Link Governor
At Newchurch Primary the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Our objective at Newchurch Primary is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
At Newchurch, we believe music helps children to develop their:
- Social and personal values (self-esteem, communication, co-operation)
- Intellectual and cognitive skills (critical awareness, discrimination)
- Creativity and use of imagination
- Fine motor skills, co-ordination and control
- An awareness and appreciation of a wide range of cultural traditions
The school follows the KAPOW Music Scheme. In addition to this, children in Year Three have whole class Ukuele lessons each week and Year Six have Gospel Singing through Warrington Accent Music Hub. Throughout their time at Newchurch, children develop an understanding of musical notation and composition as well as the opportunity to perform for difference audiences either within the school, the local community or on a larger scale as part of a large ensemble.
Children learn about different composers and musicians each half term and learn to recognise different genres of music.
Newchurch encourages children to develop their love of music by enabling additional musical tuition through Wigan Music. Opportunities to enable children to engage with real musicians are exploited with children attending performances with orchestras and enjoying visiting musicians as part of the annual Music Week.
In addition to the weekly discrete music lessons, all children have thirty minutes each week of singing practice, where they are exposed to both popular and traditional music that they go on to perform at various school events including Christmas productions, assemblies and RobinFest.