The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Greave we intend to build a musical curriculum to develop children’s learning which results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being. We aim to promote a love of music and singing across a broadened curriculum so that all children know more, remember more and understand more. As whole school we use Charanga to plan, teach and support children’s musical development through topics and in support of the National Curriculum.
Charanga is used to deliver the curriculum. It allows children to learn concepts in an integrated, practical and exploratory way. Lessons are based on listening and appraisal activities, games, singing, playing instruments, composing, improvisation and performing. Children learn to sing and use instruments in their performances. Each week, pupils take part in a whole school singing assembly. A variety of different genres are sung, and children are given an opportunity to sing and perform together. Children at Greave can access extra-curricular musical participation opportunities such as choir, Front Row Music concerts within school. Front Row Music professionals work from Year 1 - Year 6, with children who wish to learn an instrument as an extra-curricular activity.
Children will have the opportunity to foster their instrumental flare and use this as a form of expression. They will have the opportunity to participate in wider musical activities, including performances for the community. Children will gain wider audience performance experience through class productions, where opportunities for improved well-being and confidence will be increased.
At Greave children will have an awareness of musical opportunities that are available during the school day, making use of ‘Front Row Music’ within school.
Children are able to enjoy music in various ways, either as a listener, creator or performer. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group, which will enable them to further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.