Art and Music

We have built up a strong tradition of good music making at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, with singing being a special strength. As well as class music lessons we have a hymn practice each week to prepare for Masses, assemblies, concerts, shows, competitions, etc.  We buy in Music 2 the 4, a specialist music service for classes in Key Stage 1 and Two, whereby whole classes experience quality music tuition from qualified music teachers.



At SSPP, we encourage our children to be expressive, engaged and creative when learning about music. We aim for all our children to have an enjoyment and energy for music alongside the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own pieces. They should be critical thinkers and develop a fluent understanding of the skills as well as an awareness of music that has shaped our history and culture.

Characteristics of a Musician

  • A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

National Curriculum

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Music Curriculum Explained

SSPP music overview explained

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in Music

Music with SMSC

Art and Design


At SSPP, in art, craft and design we want our children to be creative and engaged, with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should be critical thinkers and develop a deeper understanding of the subject as well as art forms that have shaped our history and culture.

Characteristics of an Artist

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

National Curriculum

Art and design can embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation Aims The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design Techniques • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Key stage 1

  • Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork. • Share ideas using drawing, painting and sculpture. • Explore a variety of techniques. • Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans and designers. •

Key stage 2

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork. • Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products. • Improve mastery of techniques. (including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] • Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history

Art and Design Curriculum Explained

SSPP Art and design overview explained

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in Art and Design

Art with SMSC