At Grinling Gibbons we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication which can change the way pupils feel, think and act. We believe that a high-quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.

Expressing ourselves through music

Music enables children to express themselves personally and helps them to improve their skills of reflection and to develop emotionally. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils to understand themselves and relate to others. Children are also taught to listen to, and appreciate, a wide variety of music.

At Grinling Gibbons, we encourage all children to actively engage in different forms of music-making, and to sing together. This helps to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness, as well as increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.

Instrumental lessons and opportunities to perform

In line with the expectations of the national curriculum, all children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for at least one year in KS2. Currently this includes specialist tutors teaching brass to all Year 4 children, and steel pans to all Year 5 children. There are also opportunities for children to receive individual lessons in brass and violin for a small charge.

Singing is also a strength of the school, with children taking part regularly in events organised by the Lewisham Music Service as well as national events like Young Voices. In addition, children enjoy participating in community-based singing events, and recent highlights include carols in the Lewisham shopping centre and weekly visits to perform at a local care home.

Please view Grinling Gibbons Music Curriculum overview below

Reception children enjoying a music class
Two girls focused on their recorder lesson
“There are occasionally eureka moments – off the top of my head, maybe Darth Vader’s theme, you know, the imperial march.”

John Williams Movie Composer

Paper Copies

If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Grinling Vision

Aspirations, Responsibility, Respect, Tolerance, Resilience and Equality are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School

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