All children are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of very high quality learning activities which include performing, composing, listening and appraising.
This is achieved by playing and singing, performing with others, composing and arranging, listening to and appraising musical styles from all cultures, developing a sense of pitch, timbre, rhythm, tempo, dynamics; developing ideas of notation and using music as a means of self expression and a source of pleasure. All children access both weekly curriculum music lessons and singing assemblies and also learn to play the ukulele in Year 4.
Children are taken to live performances where possible and many performers come into school. We continue to widen the children’s opportunities to develop skills in music through excellent provision of a variety of instrumental teaching and visiting musicians. Currently pupils have additional opportunities to learn piano, brass, violin, flute, clarinet, recorder, guitar and oboe. A wide range of recorded music from a variety of cultural and musical traditions is introduced to children through assemblies and in classrooms. At Gipsy Hill Federation, our unique music curriculum is also linked to children’s cross-curricular learning in the foundation subjects.
Both Gipsy Hill and Mayflower Federations employ a team of specialist music teachers who deliver a bespoke scheme of work across our sites. The team is led by a member of Senior Management who holds accreditations including Specialist Leader of Education in music and Advanced Skills Teacher for music. The team boasts specialists from Primary, Secondary and local authority music teaching backgrounds alongside a wealth of instrumental talent and performance experience. The thriving music department has played a key role in many of our sites repeatedly receiving Artsmark Gold Awards and more recently Gipsy Hill Federation has received a Leading Aspect Award for ‘Outstanding Provision of Music’ for which the assessor stated that he was ‘blown away’ by the quality of our provision. Children from nursery to Year 6 receive a minimum 30 minute curriculum music lesson each week and in addition to this, those in reception to Year 6 also receive a 30 minute singing assembly each week. Each school site has its own Music teaching room as well as spaces for small group instrumental provision. Since 2012 Gipsy Hill Federation has had it’s very own associate orchestra; St Paul's Sinfonia.