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Leader: Miss Chaplin

Our Curriculum

Music is an important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief. The music curriculum at St Mark’s is implemented by class teachers through cross-curricular activities as well as independent music lessons. Lessons are support by the ‘Music Express’ schemes and children will cover three units in each year. The strands of singing, performing, improvising, composing and listening are fully covered across all units presented in engaging and varied lesson structures.


In KS2, children have the opportunity to learn a different instrument each year, whilst having a focus on notation.

  • Year 3 participate in recorder lessons
  • Year 4 participate in drumming lessons
  • Year 5 participate in ukulele lessons
  • Year 6 participate in keyboard lessons


Children across the school also have weekly listening opportunities where they are exposed to different composers, genres and styles of music from around the globe. 


St Mark’s also offer extra-curricular music activities will including choir for Key Stage 2 who enjoy having opportunities to perform to the wider community. We also have a staff choir who perform at church services. Music is celebrated during our school Worship and we have a stand-alone singing Worship in which the children learn the meaning behind songs as well as have the opportunity to collaborate and take part in singing as one. Music is an important part of end of term and festival services at the church. The Graham Turner and Peter Browning competitions will take place as part of the Summer Concert where year 6 children are encouraged to participate and share their talents. 


Individual music lessons in a variety of instruments are available. Whilst we encourage and support these, they are operated by BYMT at extra cost - forms are available on request from the school office.


How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Check out our Patreon page: View full lesson: When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on?

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