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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

(National Curriculum Music 2014)

At Glenfield Primary School, we are continually evaluating, improving and adding to the opportunities that our children receive during their time with us.

The whole school follows the Charanga Musical School  programme which aids teachers in delivering quality, well-resourced music lessons from ks1 all the way through to ks2.

Through the Musical School programme, the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. The wide range of core resources have been developed specifically to motivate and capture each individual’s personal interest.

In KS1 the children are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In KS2 the children are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.

As well as in-class music teaching we have a guitar teacher; a flute, clarinet and piano teacher; an African drumming teacher who deliver peripatetic music lessons to children on a weekly basis.

Regarding whole- class instrumental lessons, Glenfield provides all year 4 children with the chance to learn steel-pans every week throughout the school year and as of September 2016, Year 5 children will receive professional choral training through Leicester Cathedral’s musical programme, ‘DioSing’. Through these instrumental and singing lessons, the children will have chance to perform in different events throughout the year, and the year 5’s will be part of a Christmas CD, joining a collaboration of other schools who are part of the ‘DioSing programme’.  

Our aim is to provide a varied musical foundation on which the children can build during and after they have left Glenfield.