At Gossops Green, we provide all pupils with high-quality music education. which aims to engage and inspire them to develop a love of music, thus increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. All children in the school from Year 1 upwards receive fortnightly music lessons with a specialist music teacher as part of our PPA provision. Children learn music through playing a range of instruments as they move through the school including:
All children also sing during weekly singing assemblies and children in Year 4 and above have the opportunity to join the free KS2 choir, which is led by Mrs Underwood and Mrs Browne and meets after school every Tuesday.
Performance is also an important part of children’s musical journey and the children participate in the following performances during their time at the school, which are open to parents and carers to watch: – Reception perform a traditional Nativity every Christmas – Year 1 perform a Christmas show every December – Year 2 celebrate Harvest in the Autumn Term – Year 3 and Year 4 host a Christmas Carol Concert – Year 5 celebrate Easter at the end of the Spring Term – Year 6’s Musical Production is performed at the end of the Summer Term
The school also hosts a range of peripatetic music teachers – see below for more details.
We are very proud to have been awarded the Music Mark in recognition of our commitment to music at Gossops Green.
Music Curriculum Implementation
Music Curriculum Intent
Our music curriculum provides all pupils with high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and nurtures their talents as musicians, increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Pupils develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to Perform, Compose and Appraise Music.
As ‘musicians’ children experience a sequentially planned ‘Spiral Music Curriculum’ that results in the acquisition of a progressive accumulation of skills. Our Music curriculum is designed to allow ALL children access to, and experience of music, allowing self-expression and development in order for everyone to realise their full potential in this universal language.
The essential characteristics of a Musician:
A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
Conceptual Understanding – occurs when new information and ideas are incorporated into pupils’ existing knowledge framework and includes:
An appreciation of composers and their compositions
Identifying similarities and differences between composers and their works
Knowing about great composers and musicians and understanding the historical and cultural development of their works.
Nurturing a genuine interest in the subject and an ability to evaluate their own and others’ performances and composition
Music Curriculum Implementation
To achieve our intent, our Music curriculum will provide the following:
Fortnightly lessons from Year 1 upwards, delivered by a Primary Music Specialist
Music topics that are progressively sequenced and spaced so that pupils organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning concepts: Perform – understand that music is created to perform; Compose – appreciating that music is created through a process which has a number of techniques; Transcribe – understand that compositions need to be understood by others and that there are techniques and a language for communicating them: Describe – appreciating the features and effectiveness of musical elements
At each Key Stage, a wide range of content, ensuring that children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.
A clear progression of skills and knowledge to accompany each unit, setting out exactly how the children progress throughout the year, and year on year.
Children given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments as part of the curriculum.
Music Curriculum Impact
Pupils develop a love of music
Pupils understand a wide range of musical vocabulary and use it with precision
They develop an increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and others’ lives
Pupils are able to demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills which they continuously build on and embed
They develop resilience, communication skills and taking creative risks
Pupils develop an understanding of history and culture though studying musicians from different traditions along with great musicians and composers