In the EYFS, music interweaves through all areas of learning, and we refer to the relevant non-statutory guidance in Development Matters, when planning and facilitating opportunities to develop children’s:
• Hearing and listening
• Vocalizing and singing
• Moving and dancing
• Exploring and playing
From Years 1 – 6, we follow the relevant music programmes of study in the national curriculum, using the Charanga Musical School online resource to teach children how to:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
This is taught across a variety of historical periods and musical genres.
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 three years in KS2. Currently this includes specialist tutors teaching whole-class recorders to all children in Year 3, brass to all Year 4 children, and steel pans to all Year 5 children. There are also opportunities for children to receive individual and small-group lessons in brass and violin for a small charge.
At Grinling Gibbons, celebrating our successes with others is an important part of our culture, and music is no exception.
Examples of opportunities to sing and perform in school include:
• Class assemblies, where there is always a musical element
• Termly instrumental concerts
• EYFS and KS1 Christmas performances, and a carol concert in KS2
• Year 6 end-of-year musical theatre production
MUSIC IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Where possible, we take part in events organised by the Lewisham Music Service, as well as local community-based events such as carol singing in the local shopping centre, and singing for residents of the local care home as part of our MacMillan coffee morning.
Our steel pan group play regularly at the Summer and Winter Fayres, and recently they performed at public events at Lucas Vale and Hilly Fields.
We also have links with Trinity Laban, and children from Years 5 and 6 will be performing their own music and dance composition at Trinity Laban Live 2020 in March.