Our Music Ethos

Pupils at UCFS receive a bespoke and comprehensive musical curriculum designed, deliveed and evaluated by trained music specialists. Our highly trained music staff have invested a huge amount of time writing a new music scheme which is designed to provide cross curricular links as well as delivering all aspects of music including notation, keyboard skills, appraisal, performance and composition. Embedded within the new music curriculum is a solid and comprehensive music theory scheme based upon the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 1 theory syllabus.

Pupils from Years 1 to 6 gain a focused and secure understanding of music and are lucky enough to have all of their sessions delivered in the highly resourced music room, with its full complement of 15 piano keyboards, drum kit, electronic piano, smart board and assorted tuned and un-tuned percussion. Many of the instrumental lessons are delivered in our purpose built music practice room on the ground floor, which contains our state of the art electronic drum kit and upright piano. Pupils also have access to the Broadwood baby grand piano in the hall.

The music curriculum is closely linked to that of the learning challenge and as such, pupils across the school learn their music in a varied and exciting way. As well as learning such traditional subjects as the elements of music and music history, pupils also cover subjects including music of the Vikings and Ancient Egyptians, the importance of music in World War 2 and Rap music.

After assembly each afternoon, both Key Stages receive singing practice with the music specialists. All members of staff are encouraged to support their music staff and an exciting variety of songs are practised, including formal hymns, contemporary pop songs and songs from the musicals.

Due to our exceptional music provision, both staff and pupils take pride in producing spectacular musical productions throughout the year. We aim to delight our parents and carers by putting on Key stage 1 and 2 productions at Christmas, as well as productions at other key times of the year such as Easter and at the end of Summer term. Like our music provision within school, our music staff strive to deliver performances that are above and beyond the expectation of other primary schools.

When our pupils leave UCFS, it is our intention that they will be able to read basic musical notation, possess simple keyboard skills and understand enough musical theory that they would be able to attain Grade 1 musical theory (ABRSM) or equivalent, should they wish to be entered for this award.

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.

Due to this exciting provision across the school, we really can say that musically, we deliver something that no other primary school in the North West can offer.

The Music Staff:

Miss Mercer graduated from Edge Hill University with an honours degree in Music with QTS. She also has extensive musical performance experience and has graded certifications from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and London College of Music in Violin, Piano, singing and musical theory.

Mr Benson graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in Music. He also holds a Master of Music degree in French Horn performance from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, as well as a PGCE with QTS from Liverpool Hope University. Like Miss Mercer, Mr Benson has considerable musical performance experience, having played professionally with such notable ensembles as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Opera North.