Our Intent for Music
Our intention is that every child leaves the Grove Infant and Nursery School understanding and appreciating the unique and profound ways in which music enriches and enhances their thinking, their feeling, their culture and their engagement in the wider community.
At the Grove our music curriculum ensures for a high-quality music education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to create, experiment with and to perform their own music and to begin a journey of understanding and enjoying music. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of music of British, European and wider cultural heritage. Our Music curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a wide range of resources. The school has a good range of tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments which are used as much as possible in lessons. Weekly music lessons are taught by a specialist music teacher. The skills and knowledge in the music curriculum where possible are linked with other curriculum areas so that the children can see that music is part of a much wider experience. Children learn the skills of listening, performing composing, describing and transcribing music. We want all of our children to enjoy and love learning music and to be able to access it to support their creativity, wellbeing and understanding of their culture.
In order to achieve this aim, musical activities at the Grove are practical and inclusive. All pupils, regardless of physical ability, gender, race and ethnicity, have equal access to weekly music lessons, and can participate fully in activities which cater for the wide range of musical ability in any one class.
Covid-19 and beyond
Please note for academic year 2020-2021 music provision was re-written to reflect current guidance in place due to the Covid pandemic. Our music teacher was not able to deliver the lessons and re-planned content to be delivered in class bubbles using body percussion rather than instruments and restricted singing. She planned enriching sessions to maintain breadth and depth but following restrictions that were necessary. These restrictions also impacted on the lack of community performing opportunities we would typically take part in due to social distancing guidelines.
Over this academic year so far we have periodically had to reintroduce restrictions, based on our Covid 19 risk assessment, which has occasionally impacted on the delivery model for music. However we are pleased to be focusing on moving forward post the pandemic. The re-introduction of singing, particularly our weekly singing assemblies, has been great and we are enjoying opportunities for performing again.