Music at Cale Green Primary School
Music is an important and well-resourced part of the curriculum at Cale Green. We value music because it has the ability to embody our school values of ‘Learning and Living Together’ as it is a most powerful, inclusive and universal form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act both when alone and when part of a group or ensemble.
We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want children to have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform to audiences. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, to have the skills to describe the effects of music using specific musical vocabulary and develop their own appreciation of music across times, genres and cultures with the opportunities we provide to learn and perform both within and beyond the school in our wider community.
A range of whole class, group and individual activities designed to fulfil the aims of the national curriculum will be delivered through a comprehensive and progressive scheme of work - ‘Charanga’. In addition, learning in music will be enhanced and extended through instrumental lessons, opportunities to ‘learn and live together’ through whole-school singing assemblies – singing songs that reflect our values, Key Stage annual productions, class assemblies – linking songs and learning to cross-curricular themes - and extra-curricular music and performance opportunities within school and in the wider community.
Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words which are essential skills for vocabulary development and communication. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom percussive instruments and glockenspiels in the EYFS and KS1 to whole class, school-funded guitar instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff for all children in KS2.