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We have several children in school with severe nut allergies, which require an Epi Pen. Please do not send your child into school with any nuts or nut products e.g Nutella spread for snack or lunch, as this could be life threatening to these children.

Music

At Gorse Hall 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 beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and duration and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Our KS2 children are taught to play a musical instrument.

Curriculum Implementation

At Gorse Hall we ensure that all pupils:

Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others,

Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and traditions, historical periods, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated through the inter-related elements of music – pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (KS2).

Currently our KS2 children are taught to play the ocarina or recorder by a music specialist. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Our music specialist also provides a mini music club for our KS1 children at lunch-times.

Extra- curricular guitar tuition is offered to our KS2 children.

Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the key stage 1 and key stage 2 choirs who perform regularly in school and at events in the local community.

Opportunities are taken to perform in class, assemblies, church, Spring Musical Concert, Local community Garden Party and Old Folks homes.

Curriculum Impact

Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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.

Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. 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 child chats and lesson observations.

Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lesson 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.

Currently our Year 4 children are taught by a music specialist how to play the ocarina and our Year 5 children are taught to play the recorder. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Extra- curricular guitar tuition is offered to our KS2 children. Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the key stage 1 and key stage 2 choirs who perform regularly in school and at events in the local community.

Opportunities are taken to perform in class, assemblies, church, Spring Musical Evening, Local community Garden Party and Old Folks homes.

Music Knowledge, Skills and Attitude
Curriculum Map Music

I CAN Statements
I CAN Statements EYFS
I CAN Statements KS1
I CAN Statements KS2