At GFJS children are taught music in class using the online scheme Charanga and for part of Year 4 they are taught steel pans by a music specialist. Charanga supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum with each unit of work comprising of listening and appraising, musical activities (games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation and composition) and performing. Charanga enables children to understand musical concepts
through a repetition-based approach to learning. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts.
In Year 3 children will explore RnB and Disco and learn to play the glockenspiel.
In Year 4 children will take part in steel pan lessons and explore the gospel genre.
In Year 5 children will explore Rock, Hip-Hop and Motown.
In Year 6 children will explore music around a theme of happiness and learn about the music of Benjamin Britten.
All children have an individual login so they can access Charanga Yumu at home. Charanga Yumu is a secure online space where students learn, play and develop their musicianship by engaging in independent learning or revisiting or completing elements of lessons taught in
During assemblies, children have further opportunities to listen a wide variety of music, to sing together both in unison and in parts and to perform to an audience. Throughout the year there are opportunities for all children to perform in year group assemblies or
There are also extended opportunities available to all to sing with the school choir and perform at venues such as The Hexagon and to learn to play an instrument such as the recorder, glockenspiel or boomwhacker through an after school club or university course.
You can also help your child by providing opportunities for them to listen to a wide variety of music. Find out about some famous composers and listen to some of their pieces of music. Talk with your child: What music do they like? What instruments can they hear? How does the music make them feel?