Gilmour Infants School
At Gilmour Infant School it is our intent to enable children to develop and explore musical skills with increasing understanding and enjoyment. We encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations and develop the way children perform their skills for different activities and performances. We demonstrate to our pupils how to improve the quality and control of their performance as well as teaching children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel when listening to and playing music. We develop our pupils’ enjoyment and passion for Music through creative and imaginative activities. We embed an understanding in children of how to develop their abilities and how to evaluate their own success. We strive to establish a high profile of Music throughout our school and celebrate the musical achievements of our pupils both in and out of school. We assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.
These aims are embedded within our Music curriculum and across wider school life. Through Music sessions with class teachers, children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills across a broad range of topics and genres. Fundamental skills are developed within the EYFS and as children progress through our school their skillset is fine tuned to provide them with strong foundations for their future musical lives. We listen to the opinions of our children through our pupil voice questionnaire and use this to help incorporate different genres and activities into our Music sessions. This ensures children are exposed to a variety of different genres of Music whilst capturing their interests and using this positive momentum to develop their enjoyment of the subject. Pupils’ are provided with opportunities to play musically during their playtime with outdoor musical instruments available. Children are encouraged to talk about how music makes them feel and why this happens. Through our ‘Charanga’ scheme of work, musical skills are introduced, revisited and embedded to enhance the ability of our pupils. Identifying and developing core skills of music ranging from pupils understanding of beat, rhythm, instruments both tuned and un-tuned and other key musical vocabulary such as verse, chorus, instrumental and tempo.