At the Galfrid School, we have an integrated, practical, exploratory, and child-led approach to musical learning. Through our music curriculum, which is based on Charanga’s original scheme, all children learn the interrelated dimensions of music whilst simultaneously developing their musical skills. Our music curriculum offers a repetition-based approach to learning. Over time, children develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts.
Musical learning at the Galfrid School is built around the “interrelated dimensions of music”: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. Our music curriculum comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music: listening and appraising different genres through historical periods to the present day; song-based musical activities and games which embed the interrelated dimensions of music through repetition; singing; playing instruments with the song to be learnt using tuned/untuned classroom percussion and an option to play any band instrument (a sound before symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children); improvising with the song using voices and instruments occurs in some of the units of work; composing with the song using instruments occurs in some units of work and performing/sharing what has taken place during the lesson. As well as classroom music, children in KS2 learn how to play the ukulele and sometimes have professional tuition in learning how to play samba percussion.
Over time, our repetition-based approach to musical learning provides a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. Throughout, children’s enjoyment of music is a key element reinforcing the value that music can have on their own and others’ lives and wellbeing. Our music curriculum also builds on children’s cultural capital by exposing them to different genres including reggae, classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk, hip-hop and ballads for example. In addition, our music provision is also devised to provide education with character through musical workshops, performances in school and the local/wider community, collaborations with other schools in the academy trust and individual professional tuition.
These are websites that we use to support our learning.
New York Philharmonic Kidzone
Classics for Kids
PBS Music Games
BBC Bring the Noise: Play It
BBC School Radio
Private Music Tuition
If you are interested in signing your child up for private music lessons, please contact Cambridgeshire Music