At the Greetland Academy music is a highly valued subject, it supports our pupils in building a sense of community and they grow in confidence through shared performances and singing. It enables them to show their creativity through the compositions and sounds they make and helps us to build the cultural capital of our children.
The Greetland Music Curriculum is underpinned by Charanga. This helps support teachers knowledge and understanding when delivering key elements of the Music curriculum as well as drawing on support from the Music Hub to provide whole class instrumental tuition.
Music is taught from EYFS to Year 6 and is built around a spiral progression to ensure skills are revisited and built upon each year.
Each class is taught 1 unit each half term, each until is made up of 6 lesson (steps). All steps should be taught in each unit. For many units a weekly lesson will work best. However, there may be some units that require a lot of instruments and in this circumstance you may want to block two lessons together.
The units of Work comprise the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the National Curriculum for music:
Listening and Appraising
1. Warm-up Games
2. Optional Flexible Games
4. Playing instruments
Our Year 4 and 5 children are also given the opportunity to learn to play the guitar through the Wider Opportunities Scheme.
We are especially proud that the children have access to extra-curricular musical experiences. Our choir at KS2 has more recently been extended to become a community choir and children across KS2 are given the opportunity to join our Recorder Club. Through Calderdale Music Trust, pupils can undertake music lessons on a whole host of instruments. These are private lessons that take place in school; parents agreed arrangement is with the Music Trust. Contact can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01422 303060 for further information.
Our links with Elland Rotary Club, St Thomas’ Church and the Square Chapel Arts Centre enable us to perform for audiences throughout the year.
Every year we host a Summer Music Festival to showcase the amazing talent we have across school, not only from our children but also from our staff!