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Music

At Gorseybrigg Primary School, we believe that music matters.

Music lessons are planned to include active participation and enjoyment for every child.

At Gorseybrigg Primary School, we believe that music matters. Music lessons are planned to include active participation and enjoyment for every child. Singing is at the heart of our curriculum, taught through Sing Up amongst other resources, and everyone has the opportunity to learn the elements of music using our fantastic class set of traditional djembe drums. Children have a wide range of opportunities to listen to live music including professional orchestras and local musicians. We aim to support every child to enjoy achieving their full potential.

Foundation Stage

Our Foundation Stage children enjoy singing as an integral part of every day. Weekly music lessons allow them to have hands on experience with percussion instruments. They practise their music performance skills by singing and playing to parents at harvest, Christmas and in the summer.

Key Stage 1

Our KS1 children enjoy learning the recorder and singing songs as part of their topic work. They celebrate their achievements with a music party led by the Derbyshire Music Hub. They learn the recorder in whole class sessions and are currently participating in the BBC’s new music project, Make Some Noise. They perform to parents in concerts at Christmas.

KS2

Our KS2 children receive whole class tuition in the flute (Y5) for 30 weeks, delivered by instrumental teachers from the Derbyshire Music Hub – this includes learning to read a musical score. Each child is able to borrow a flute free of charge and has the opportunity to perform at Christmas concerts, to parents and peers in school and to experience performing with a professional orchestra (the Halle) in the summer term. More than half choose to continue to learn in smaller groups during Y6. Individual guitar lessons are also available within school. Instrumentalists have an opportunity to join the Dronfield Henry Fanshawe school band, as part of secondary transition arrangements, and many do this, performing to parents in a spring concert.

Music history is taught through weekly themed assemblies and whole class music lessons which cover the development of music from medieval times to the present day. Y3 fuirther develop their understanding by participating in a music through stories project which culminates in a visit to experience a classical music concert.

All children in KS2 participate in our summer musical performance. Younger year groups perform to parents at Christmas while Y5 and Y6 rehearse and perform a carol concert in the parish church.

Everyone is welcome to join our enthusiastic and talented choir who perform in school and at a wide range of community events, competitions and concerts as well as taking part in Young Voices at the Sheffield Arena.  

The musical community at Gorseybrigg Primary School is vibrant and exciting. We will be further developing our teaching and learning as part of our new curriculum focus. At Gorseybrigg Primary School, we believe that music matters. Music lessons are planned to include active participation and enjoyment for every child. Singing is at the heart of our curriculum, taught through Sing Up amongst other resources, and everyone has the opportunity to learn the elements of music using our fantastic class set of traditional djembe drums. Children have a wide range of opportunities to listen to live music including professional orchestras and local musicians. We aim to support every child to enjoy achieving their full potential.