At Gosbecks Primary School our intention is that children will develop a firm understanding and enthusiastic appreciation of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of contexts.
The music curriculum ensures that children sing, listen, play, perform, appraise, and evaluate. Children will learn about the interrelated dimensions of music and be able to use appropriate language when appraising the music, they listen to in lessons, as well as their own compositions and performances. Children will become confident singing a variety of songs through the weekly singing assemblies, their annual phase production and the very popular UKS2 choir. The school facilitates 1:1 musical lessons and attends music events e.g., 02, Colchester Consortium Music Festival.
They will have the opportunity to compose and perform using body percussion, vocal sounds, percussion instruments, and tuned instruments such as glockenspiels, ukuleles, keyboards, and recorders. Children will learn about the conventions of music including simple musical notation as they move up the school and In KS2 they will also compose using apps such as GarageBand. All the children in Y3 and 4 will receive a ten-week block of ukulele lessons as a class with a specialist music teacher from Essex local authority music service.
At Gosbecks we use Charanga, a world leading music and teaching learning platform, as a resource for our teaching. Charanga not only challenges our pupils to achieve their best it supports teachers to deliver high quality lessons with appropriate breadth and depth. The units chosen and the progression of technical, constructive and expressive skills support children with their cognitive load. They gradually develop control and practise their skills to support their growing knowledge.
The music curriculum at Gosbecks has been designed, not only to ensure that children have a greater appreciation and understanding of music, but also to improve their confidence, self-esteem and provide a sense of achievement. Learning about music supports the development of creativity, imagination, empathy, and self-reflection. It improves memory, pattern recognition, language and reasoning skills and provides an outlet for self-expression. Children are able to participate in music as a listener, creator or performer and can use this knowledge as a base recognising if they may want to develop their skills further as they move on to the next stage in their education. Above all music is a fun and enjoyable experience common to humankind across historical time and geographical space.