At St. Gregory’s, our Music curriculum intends to develop children’s personal creativity, understanding and enjoyment of music through listening, singing, playing, analysis and composing across a wider variety of genres and styles. Learning is carefully sequenced and mapped to build progressively over time and incorporates every child learning to play a tuned musical instrument. Our aim is to foster a life-long love of music in its various forms and provide opportunities for children to develop and express their own musical talents. We embrace the notion from the National Curriculum that “Music is a universal language that embodies the highest form of creativity”. We provide a wide array of wider opportunities as part of our enrichment and personal development through music and view this as an integral part of children embracing the transformational power music offers as channel to discover their God-given talents.
Our music curriculum is centred around the ‘Charanga’ music scheme. The music scheme covers all National Curriculum requirements and ensures students sing, listen, play, perform, compose and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom music lessons as well as twice weekly assemblies, weekly singing practises, various concerts and performances and the wider curriculum offer. The elements of music are taught in lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. The Charanga scheme of work includes composing and performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology such as ‘Garage Band’, which further develops the understanding of musical elements. The children are encouraged to 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. We currently also offer an opportunity for children to develop musical talent through accessing a Rock-Steady school band in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
Our wider curriculum offer, allows students to develop personal interests in guitar, drums and piano, and access to concerts and performances at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, London Opera House and Belgrade Theatre, developing pupils cultural capital.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied music curriculum, which allows students to discover areas of personal talent, enjoyment and self-expression. Through music lessons and our wider curriculum offer children develop a sense of achievement and self-confidence. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history through exposure to a wide range of musical styles, genres and composers. Children are able to enjoy music as a listener, creator and performer. They can analyse music and discuss their own understanding using appropriate musical vocabulary. They can sing and feel a pulse. Children will be inspired to pursue their own musical talents and interests as they enter the next Key Stage.