Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations. Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for self-expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both on emotional and intellectual levels. Music can be a lifelong source of pleasure. It is education for life.


At Hollins Grundy we aim to encourage, all pupils to: develop musical skills and concepts through listening, appraising, performing and composing; to develop social skills through co-operation with others in the shared experience of music making; to develop an understanding of musical traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and to be motivated to enjoy and succeed in music


Music contributes to the wider aims of Primary Education including, English, computing, P.E, Art, P.S.H.E. and citizenship. Music can develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas that are needed for life and work skills – e.g. listening skills, concentration, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. The school policy is to plan from the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Guidance supported by the detail of the Charanga music teaching scheme. In addition we give children frequent opportunities to sing and play music to an audience.


In each class music is taught as a stand alone lesson each week.


We use the Charanga Model Music Curriculum scheme as the framework for our teaching, which has a clear focus on building musical skills and understanding. This is being implemented from September 2021 in a move from the original Charanga scheme, which has more emphasis on listening than on playing and composing.


In addition, children in Year 4 are taught a brass instrument by teachers from Bury Music Service and those with a high level of skill and aptitude continue this in Year 5. We also encourage and enable children to learn other musical instruments with music teachers from Bury Music Service. In school performances regularly take place as part of theatrical productions and school assemblies.


We assess the impact of our teaching in music by tracking children’s progress using our curriculum intent grid for music. We observe children’s performances and monitor their learning as evidenced in their music books and through lesson observations.


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