Our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others.
At Grange, teachers use the online music scheme Charanga to support their planning and delivery of music in school. Our music lessons cover the four main aspects of music; listening, composition, notation, and performance. Teaching in all four areas ensures that the children learn a variety of skills, which are built on and developed as they move up through the school.
We work closely with Music Partnership North and, in addition to class teaching, each year group receives one half term of tuition from a music specialist. During this half term, children are taught an instrument and play as part of a class ensemble. The children in Year 4 learn the ukulele throughout the year and perform at the ‘Big Gig’ with schools from across Newcastle.
Music Partnership North also run a collaborative choir and band that Grange children in Year 3 and 4 can join. Both are made up of children from all the schools from the Gosforth Trust. At Grange, children are also given the opportunity to learn a range of instruments on a one-to-one basis. Peripatetic teaching is provided by NEMCO and we currently have children learning the violin, guitar and piano.
Characteristics of a Musician
• Ability to create original and imaginative compositions
• Ability to perform confidently either independently or as part of a group to an audience.
• Ability to listen to and critically evaluate different musical styles and genres.
• Excellent understanding of rhythm and ability to sing a range of ……
• The ability to use musical terminology with understanding
• A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.