Our Music Curriculum Intent

At St Gregory’s Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.

Our Music Curriculum Implementation

Our children will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

The Charanga scheme of work is used from Reception – Year 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.

The school is continuing to develop whole class ensemble and enrichment of instrument experiences. The younger children learn to play a range of percussion instruments, whereas as they continue their music journey the children will experience, learn and play the recorder, glockenspiel and ukulele. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument.  Follow on group music lessons are also available to children to continue to develop their skills and ability on a musical instrument. Opportunities are taken to perform in class, in whole assemblies and also to parents and the wider community.

Additional opportunities are offered in music, by Peripatetic teachers and the school choir, which perform regularly in school and at events in the local community.

Our Music Curriculum Impact

Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations, pupil interviews and recordings.

07/12/21 Update from Dorset Council

Due to staff shortages across our team and recruitment difficulties we will not be accepting any new tuition bookings for the Spring term from this point onwards. Should you have pupils wishing to start lessons next term then they will now need to wait until the Summer term for lessons to begin or find a private provider to learn with. We will email you again towards half term with a link to our new booking form which you will then be able to use to book any new starters for the Summer term as our current form is now closed.

Our team of instructors are working hard to fulfil as many tuition bookings as possible in Spring term and we hope that by summer term our team will have increased again to be able to take on more bookings and support children in their musical journeys.

We look forward to working with, your existing pupils in Spring term and any new pupils in the Summer term.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want any support with music in the meantime, we are still here and happy to help!

At St Greg’s we value creativity and nothing gives us more pleasure than our children taking on new skills in music.

The school currently has visiting teachers each week in the following instruments:

Drums

Guitar

Clarinet

Piano

Violin

Viola

Through Dorset Council we have access to the Dorset Music Education Hub which is committed to providing all kinds of instrument playing and musical opportunities.

More information for parents can be discovered by following these links:

https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/dorset-music-service/dorset-music-service.aspx?folderIds=20550,19305

Instrument hire request – Dorset Council sel – Instrument hire detailsf-service portal (achieveservice.com)

Dorset Music will accept an application from anyone in Year 2 and above, so if your child hasn’t reached that year group yet, they will need to wait until the end of the school year, to apply to start next September.

If you would like to make use of the Dorset Music Service please complete this application form can be completed and either posted or emailed:

Dorset Music Service,

Unit 14,

Blandford Heights West,

Blandford Forum,

Dorset DT11 7UZ   

01305 225778 or email to: 

dorsetmusicservice@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk