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Aims of our music programme

Our intent with our Music curriculum is to give all children practical experiences so that they can enjoy all aspects of Music. We believe Music is an important part of our wider curriculum that gives children opportunities to express themselves in a different ways.

We enrich our Music curriculum with many opportunities for children to perform and develop a wide range of skills both inside and outside of the classroom such as: class assembly performances; recorder performances; singing at local old age pensioners homes.

What Music looks like at Gillingstool

Our school curriculum is built upon the National Curriculum and our chosen scheme is Charanga. This was selected because it provides a clear progression of all the skills and knowledge that we are required to teach. Many of our staff are non-specialist and it enables them to access the subject knowledge needed to be highly effective in their teaching of Music.  

In addition to following the Charanga scheme, we have a wide offer of instrument teaching, largely through peripatetic staff.

We give the children wider opportunities to perform to a larger audience such as class assemblies, nativity productions and Year 6 Leavers Concert.

We are confident that the design of Charanga provides clear progression in all four strands of Music, but will keep this under review. This progression enables formative assessment to further develop teaching and learning in Music. Charanga also gives clear indications of how to differentiate in lessons to challenge the more able.

Children in KS2 also have the oppoutunity in the school year to learn an instrument in class such as recorders, djembe drums or ukulele. This gives them another great oppourtunity to perform these instruments to an audience. 

Music Outcomes at Gillingstool

The impact of our Music curriculum is that when children leave Gillingstool, they will have a love of music and increased levels of self-confidence. They will be inspired by different genres of music, analyse music and compose a variety of music.


Extra Curricular Music Lessons

Gillingstool also provides extra curricular guitar lessons for children. This allows them to learn guitar with a specialist teacher of the South Gloucestershire's Music Hub in a small group.