At Holy Cross, it is our vision that music is an integral part of our curriculum, and we will provide children with the musical tools they need for a lifetime of music-making and enjoyment, fostering a love of music and creativity. Music has a role to play in every aspect of our lives, wherever and whoever we are.
We have a clear commitment to quality teaching, and opportunities for progression for all children from the start of their school education.
Currently, we follow the ‘Charanga Music’ scheme, a holistic, differentiated, spiral approach to musical teaching and learning, that is aligned to the National Curriculum. The interrelated dimensions of music are at the centre of all the learning and weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses. This is done through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. Each lesson has an integrated, practical exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning, enabling the children to become confident and enquiring musicians.
Music is also fundamental to our wider school life, and we believe that it is important to enrich children’s experience with music beyond the classroom, building a musical culture, as set out in the National Plan for Music Education. We actively engage with events provided by the Isle of Wight Music hub in order to support the progress of creative, resilient and aspirational young musicians.
Our spiritual values are extremely important at Holy Cross, and this interlinks with our music provision. Music is a key part of our daily worship and it enables our school community to join together, communicate with each other and God, and to share our beliefs.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High.” – Psalm 91
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace.” – Kahlil Gibran