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:
It is our intention at Greengate to deliver a wide range of opportunities for all children to engage with music from teaching in class to extra-curricular activities. We aim to give all our pupil’s a chance to find a love of music at Greengate and to encourage them all to carry on with their interest in music beyond their time at junior school. We hope for every pupil to develop their knowledge and skills in all areas of Music. These skills include listening and appraising a range of quality music, singing as ensembles and learning to play instruments. Through Music, we aim to deliver our Intent by:
Music planning is taken from Charanga across the school to focus on different musical styles and skill areas. Staff can follow ready-made lessons or using the library of resources, in order to create a unique and personalised sequence of lessons. Throughout the year, all pupils will have the opportunity to develop the skills in the following areas; Listening and appraising, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing.
In Year 3, all children are currently learning to play brass and lessons are delivered by an experienced brass tutor. In brass lessons they learn musical notation and how to follow someone else’s actions when conducting and being given the opportunity to conduct themselves. Additionally, in Years 4,5 and 6 children have the option to learn to play flute or ukulele or to continue with brass.
At Greengate we believe it is important to offer children the chance to attend an extra-curricular music club to enhance their playing and performance skills. We encourage children to work towards a specific performance such as a musical play at Christmas, performing in whole school assemblies and an infant liaison outdoor festival event. We offer children the chance to join the school choir where they perform at Young Voices, Furness Voices and local concerts in the town.
There are many ways we can demonstrate the music curriculum at Greengate. Below are a few highlights: