Music

Intent 

Deliver an engaging and varied music curriculum that promotes a love and appreciation of a range of music and musicians. Singing and performing giving pupils an opportunity to develop their self-esteem and enhance musical skills.

The Importance of Music 

“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 sol increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.” 

Primary National Curriculum England 2014

Aims 

Grove Vale aims to:

  • expose children to a variety of music and increase their knowledge and understanding of music through working alongside Sandwell Music Service 
  • play an instrument for an academic year focusing on reading music and composition 
  • appreciate music 
  • perform before an audience 
  • sing confidently 
  • record their compositions 
  • compose creatively 
  • develop confidence in their own performance and ability 

Sandwell Music Service regularly present musical instrument taster sessions and the school offers individual music lessons with a range of instruments: most days we have Sandwell Music Service teachers in school to deliver individual/small groups lessons. We also have a brass band after school club each week to enhance skills and group performance work.

 

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians 
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence 
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

National Curriculum Coverage 

Here at Grove Vale we follow the year-by-year Programmes of Study for Music as outlined in the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two. To personalise our curriculum, we use Charanga to supplement our teaching planning documentation and skills progression. 

On a weekly basis, the children at Grove Vale are exposed to music from a variety of genres and weekly singing assemblies are held for children to be immersed in a range of different music. 

Children at Grove Vale are invited to join a school Christmas choir and are given opportunities to perform to an audience, including solo performances.