Music promotes diversity and is used to express the children's personal, emotional, social and cultural identity. All children have the right to a quality music curriculum throughout school. At St. Matthew’s Primary School the intention is that pupils 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 school choir is made up with children from Years 4, 5 and 6. We meet weekly after school and practice throughout the year for a range of different concerts and performances.
Whole school celebration at Church
We perform in church for the whole school celebrations at Harvest, Advent and Easter. These performances also allow the pupils to have the opportunity to do a solo if they would like.
Each year we also perform as part of the Young Voices choir. We practice ten songs for the Autumn term, and this culminates in a performance at the AO Arena in Manchester alongside a choir of 8000+ children. It really is an amazing experience, as children get to perform alongside some famous musicians. In the past these have been Tony Hadley, Fleur East and this year our choir sang alongside The Beatbox Collective and Heather Small.
Bolton Music Festival
At Christmas we go carol singing at different venues around Bolton. This year we sang at ASDA, and we were also invited to sing in the library at Crompton Place.
LKS2 music club (Spring 1 term)
Children in Years 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to attend a music club after school.
They have learnt about different tuned and untuned instruments, and had the chance to play a wide range of instruments.
Here's what some children said :
'I enjoy coming to music club because I learn lots of things.'
'I like playing all the different instruments.'
'I'm happy that I can play instruments with my friends.'
' I like learning new instruments.'