Music at Glynne Primary School
Music is an important part of the curriculum at Glynne Primary School and as a result, has an extremely high profile. Our aim is to give access to music to all of our pupils and to offer a clear pathway for progression to enable our children to strive for musical excellence. We work closely with our music hub; Dudley Performing Arts and other partners and professional musicians to achieve this.
Music is used to establish routines in our EYFS. It flows through all seven areas of learning, underpinning, enhancing and enriching the learning experience. Singing is used to teach phonics and mathematics discretely. We have a designated area for expressive arts where the children can explore musical instruments, sing and match movements to music.
Children in KS1 have a weekly music session linked to their learning journey, enabling them to develop their creativity and musical skills. They learn to sing and play tuned and untuned instruments. During the final term, Year 2 children are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder as part of a whole class teaching programme.
In either Year 3 or Year 4, our children are taught by a specialist music teacher from Dudley Performing Arts for whole class instrument tuition. Instruments can vary from year to year and we have had clarinets, violins, keyboards and cellos in the past. Children from this programme are invited to join Dudley’s ‘Upbeat’ orchestra to widen their experience and enjoyment of the instrument. We are proud to announce that we are taking part in the BBC’s Ten Pieces project this year and the children will be working in class and with our music hub to create imaginative responses in all areas of the arts. During KS2, our aim is to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of music, develop their musical skills and abilities and turn them into confident and expressive performers.
The children perform regularly in all year groups. They perform to each other, to our parents in class assemblies and plays, to members of the public and they also perform alongside our local community at a variety of events. This year our Year 4 children will be joining in with a community event to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, entitled, ‘We Will Remember Them’. The festival will take place at Holy Trinity Church Wordsley and the children will be involved in singing workshops delivered by staff from the Royal Society of Church Music (RSCM) to prepare for the event. Other venues that the children regularly perform in include Dudley Town Hall, Symphony Hall, LG Arena and of course our outdoor school mixed arts event of the year, ‘Midsummer Madness’ to name but a few!
Here at Glynne Primary School, we have a large number of children learning to play musical instruments. Many of those children go on to take external examinations in their chosen instrument. During the summer term, all children in year groups 1-6 are invited to learn to play a musical instrument. Specialist instrument tuition is provided by staff from Dudley Performing Arts. Children can be taught individually or in small groups. Individual letters with details of instruments and cost are given to each child. Please contact the music subject leader for more information.
In KS2, some of the children are trained to become singing leaders. With the help of music staff, they learn a range of playground songs which they teach to their peers. The children hold their ‘Singing Stop’ sessions on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes and any child can come and either watch or join in if they so wish. Singing suggestions from children are always welcome!
To inspire the children and for them to experience different types of music of the highest quality from a range of cultures and time periods, we arrange for live music performances by professional musicians every year for each key stage.
Music clubs and groups are continually reviewed by music subject leaders to meet the needs and interests of our children.
Our school orchestra meet on Friday lunchtimes, conducted by DPA’s very own Senior Orchestra Leader, Craig Sproston. They delight us with their performances every term.
Our ‘Boys Vocal Group’ has grown from strength to strength, winning a special award in 2013 in a Christmas Choirs competition and winning a £1,000 prize in the ‘Judges Award’ category this year. They meet every Thursday after school. Our long established school choir meet every Monday after school and have performed at a variety of events and venues.
A very successful African drumming after school club was run this year during the autumn term, eliciting exciting feedback from the children.
Sing-up Silver Award
To endorse the strong singing culture that we have here at Glynne Primary School, we are currently working to achieve the ‘Sing-up Silver Award’. We have a clear singing strategy in place which has been shared and embraced by staff and governors alike.
Arts Award Explore
For the third year running, children who are interested in the arts can work towards achieving this accredited award by Trinity Arts College, London. Last year, we were commended by Trinity Arts College moderators for providing an extensive arts experience and programme for our children and the quality of their work was highly praised.