Music at Grange Park Junior School plays a crucial role in our creative curriculum. Pupils have the opportunity to listen, analyse and create their own music relating to their topic. In the classroom, music helps to reinforce our school values of being aspirational, determined and resilient as children are encouraged to dream big and try out new things.
Throughout their time at Grange Park, children explore a range of percussion and tuned instruments using different musical elements (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, form and silence) to relate their own music making to that of established composers. They also listen to, sing and create songs in order to explore ideas of melody, harmony, lyrics, chorus and rounds. We focus also on different genres and songs from around the world in order to gain an appreciation and understanding of different cultures.
We ensure quality first teaching by having weekly specialist teachers. In year four all children have the opportunity to learn drumming. Over the year they will learn to play two different drums, samba drums and steel pans.
Children also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of enriching educational experiences such as singing assemblies, choir, keyboard, violin, performing at the Hillingdon Blast Concert and singing at St Anslem's Church for the turning on of the Christmas lights.
Pupils will be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand various forms of musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
By the end of their time at Grange Park Junior School, we wish for our pupils to have a deeper understanding of musical history, have an appreciation for music, be able to describe music using musical terms, be able create their own music and have had the opportunity to perform in various groups.