To engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
To ensure that we cover all of the requirements of the National Curriculum, we use the Charanga scheme of work, with an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning; ensuring that quality learning is occurring in all music. Lessons. Each Unit of Work comprises of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities
- Warm-up Games
- Playing instruments
To ensure development and progression in musicianship, children are taught different instruments , we have a range of resources including whole class sets of recorders and djembe drums. And children are given the opportunity to learn clarinet or flute. Through our partnership with the Pimlico Musical Foundation, children form St Gabriel’s have performed in a variety of prominent choral events including Regents Park opera and performances several times a year with adult choirs. This partnership has also enabled us to engage a specialist music teacher to further support our children in their musicianship, delivering music lessons and teaching new songs to the whole school for Collective Worship and for whole school performances. Music is also taught through our creative curriculum topics.
Children have performed in family assemblies for example singing songs they may have learnt in RE or Spanish and twice a year we have whole school musical performances. At Christmas we have a nativity play involving children learning and preforming new songs and playing different instruments and in the summer, similarly we have a whole school production. In recent years we have performed musicals such as Joseph, Aladin, and Jungle Book, and it has been fantastic to see children truly growing in confidence during these performances, keen to sing solos and play instruments in front of our whole school community. Our close proximity to the St Gabriel’s Parish Halls, a venue used for rehearsals for West End Theatre, musical and opera productions has meant that our children have also had the opportunity to see some companies rehearse their musical productions.