In Music at Gwladys Street, we would like all children engage, enjoy and progress within a broad and balanced curriculum, which challenges them. We aim children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.
We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well developing opportunities and understanding the importance that it can be used to express feelings.
We aim to provide opportunities to progress to the next level in their creative journey and promote a love of learning.
Through focused teaching we ensure that our musicians show the following characteristics:
- A use of vocabulary and key language used throughout each strand of music and which builds on prior learning.
- Use the musical programme Charanga to support with singing, listening, playing, performing and evaluating. Lessons are planned and taught in sequences to provide children with opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.
- School provides an opportunity for a year group to learn a musical instrument from a specialist teacher.
- Children are able to compose and perform using body percussion, vocal sounds and percussion instruments.
- Children have the opportunity to attend a specialist music after school club.
- Children in Key stage 2 have the opportunity to join the Gwladys Street School Choir who regularly perform both in school and at organised events.
- Children have the opportunity to take part in half termly concerts through the schools concert programme put together by Resonate; The Music Education Hub for Liverpool. Through this the children become familiar with a range of artists, musical genres and instruments in a fun and engaging way.
- All children are able to perform in front of an audience.
Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. At Gwladys Street C P and N School, children are provided with opportunities beyond to fulfil the National Curriculum requirements and evidence captured through video. Progression evidence is added to Seesaw where progress in music can be monitored. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.