Coordinator - Mrs Mayers
All children, regardless of their age or ability will have access to a broad and varied music curriculum. Music is a practical subject which means that learning should be experienced by listening, evaluating, composing and playing a range of music styles and musical instruments. It focuses on developing children's imagination and creativity, building up pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding. It is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It gives an opportunity for personal expression and can play in important part in the personal development of an individual. Children have the opportunity to become part of an ensemble and to learn to sing and play a range of instruments.
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At GSP, we follow the Charanga scheme of work which follows the National Curriculum's programme of study for music which allows for progression of skills and knowledge using an interactive program. Music lessons and activities are delivered on a regular weekly basis either by the class teacher or a music specialist. Children are given the opportunity to listen to a range of different musical styles and appraise what they have heard. Children also get the opportunity to develop the interrelated skills of composing, performing and appreciating music and to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles. Lessons provide the ability to play tuned and un-tuned instruments with control to identify a range of musical skills, recognise how individuals combine together to make sounds and improves children's knowledge of musical notation and how to compose music. We also have a wonderful school choir of which we are very proud of: all pupils have the chance to join the choir from Year 3 upwards. This provides the children with vast opportunites to perform to audiences as well as equpping them with an array of musical skills in singing. The school also provides weekly singing practice sessions to the whole school on top of their regular music lessons.
Music is a subject which is able to be accessed by all and as a consequence, children become more confident learners in music as they have the skills to appraise and appreciate a broader range of musical styles and influences. It is expected that music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Formative assessment of music is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. The quality of music teaching and learning is monitored using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations and pupil voice.
Music Programme used in scool
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