Our music curriculum provides all children with the opportunity to explore and develop a love and understanding of music. We want children to be inspired creatively to express themselves through music, and equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so. These tools include listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing. Lessons focus on a variety of genres so children are exposed to and develop an appreciation of a wide range of styles. A key part of the music curriculum is performing!
Our music curriculum provides opportunities for us to support children in developing our PRIDE values:
Perseverance: Children are encouraged and supported to achieve the best they can as young musicians.
Respect: The wide variety of Music explored across units enables children to better understand the world they live in.
Independence: Music at Grestone is extremely practical, with opportunities for children to organise themselves and be responsible for developing their own skills.
Diversity: The curriculum develops an understanding of musical culture and history in relation to individual children, as well as ethnicities from around the world
Excellence: Music is an integral part of our community. We are committed at Grestone to bring children together through celebrating their musical flair, creating a sense of pride and excellence.
In practise, we ensure children’s knowledge and skills develop in a logical sequenced way by using the Charanga musical program. This focuses on children being able to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. The program supports all staff to deliver inclusive lessons so children access the music curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning.
Each unit has clear outcomes for the children to achieve ensures children are engaged in reviewing and remembering what they already know, learning and developing new skills and knowledge, and applying this practically through performance. All units focus on composing, so children can use a range of methods to create notes, and read basic music notation.
Whole school activities such as singing assemblies and the learning of instruments provides additional opportunities to celbrte and develop music in the school further.