Music and Singing
Music is a key part of school life here at GHF. Throughout the foundation stage, the children will build their repertoire of known songs through lots of singing. They will begin to identify different sounds they can hear, describing their differences and matching them to musical instruments.
In Key Stage 1, we teach pupils the importance of singing together in unison and how to make a performance enjoyable to an audience. Pupils will begin to explore a range of untuned musical instruments and describe and compare the sounds these instruments can make. Pupils will use instruments to compose their own melodic phrases, recognise beat and begin to see how notation can identify when sounds are needed to be played.
As pupils move into Key Stage 2, they will use tuned and untuned instruments to compose short pieces of music. We encourage the enjoyment of listening to music, for a range of purposes, and develop the skills needed to draw comparisons or note similarities. Pupils will continue to perform together, using more complex song styles, such as three-part rounds and learn musical notation for tuned instruments.
We use Music Express to support our teaching of music and Lincolnshire Music Service for whole class musical instrument tuition in Y3/4. We have identified the key knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils should develop at each stage in our KPIs below.
Our pupils sing on a daily basis as part of our collective worship and sing a wide variety of hymns and songs, both traditional and modern. Our school hymn ‘Everywhere Around Me’ is regularly sung across the school with clear, proud voices. Our regular services at St Sebastian’s Church are always a celebration of music.
Our pupils have represented the school at a wide range of musical events, covering a wide range of genres from classical to modern pop and jazz! For example, the school choir have proudly represented the school at the Walton Girls High School Choir Festival and at the Diocese’s Christmas Service at Lincoln Cathedral. We are also proud to take a large choir to the Young Voices concert every year. Pupils who take part in this have a fantastic opportunity to sing in one of the largest children’s choirs in the country and typically describe this as an opportunity that they will never forget.
In addition to representing our school at these events, our children confidently perform in school on an annual basis from Reception onwards. At Christmas time the Reception classes and the Year 1/2 children each put on an annual performance which always brings a tear to the eye of many proud parents. Following on from this, the Year 3/4 children always put on a fantastic musical production at Easter. Finally the Year 5/6 children take to the stage in the summer term producing a fantastic performance to round off our musical year.
Mr White from Music for Schools teaches Brass and Woodwind instruments. For more information on this service please visit Music for Schools website.