Grange Infant School aims to provide high quality music curriculum that is embedded in every aspect of school life and inspires a life- long love of music in every child. We aim for our music provision to provide a platform for every child to be a musician. We strongly believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences impacts positively on the development of the whole child, building upon social skills as well as other transferrable curricular skills such as counting when keeping a steady beat and performing in front of an audience.
At Grange Infants, each class has the opportunity to participate in a weekly music session with their class. Planning is topic- based and linked closely to other subject areas so that the children are familiar with this and already have a confident knowledge of themes such as fairy tales and animals. Units of work are either written with the music lead or adapted from planning from Hampshire Music Service. These units are usually planned over a period of 6 sessions which can be taught as weekly sessions or as a block, usually over 2 weeks. All children at Grange Infants are exposed to many musical experiences such as listening to different composers and genres at the start and end of assembly, joining their year group for year group singing each week and attending the weekly, whole- school singing assembly. As part of the school’s extra- curricular opportunities, after school clubs may offer tuition in un-tuned and tuned instruments such as drums, ukuleles and xylophones.
Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. The skills involved in playing and listening to music will also help learners develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. Our children will have a love of singing and music making and will be confident to apply the skills they have learnt across a range of both un-tuned and tuned instruments.