Welcome to The Grove music page 2019-2020!

At the Grove School we are passionate about every child receiving a high-quality musical education across the year groups. We want the children leaving our school to feel empowered to embrace musical experiences and emboldened to have their own musical opinions and ideas about different genres. We want them to feel happy and confident with music as a subject and skilled enough to partake in musical clubs, classroom discussions, improvisations, cross-curricular learning and to have a good understanding of basic musical terminology, e.g. dynamics and tempo. 


We use the Charanga musical curriculum which we have adapted to ensure that each term children are introduced to a range of musical genres and activities. The lessons begin with listening activities, focusing on a key song/piece for the unit. They then develop into aural activities and eventually performance experiences. Alongside this a range of other complimentary pieces are introduced and the children gain skills in musical discussion, rhythmic activities and singing. They are designed to be fun and are really enjoyed by the children and staff!


In addition to this we have a weekly singing assembly where the children blow us away with their fantastic voices. The assemblies are fun and include all the classes from our 4 and 5 year olds in Acorn class to our year 6s. They always help us to leave with a spring in our step on Thursdays.


The children put these voices to good use during our school shows which we perform at The Ariel Centre in KEVICC. Our Key Stage 1s perform a Christmas show and then Years 3 and 4 perform a fantastic pantomime. In the summer year 5 and 6 take to the stage and perform a musical extravaganza. The children really rise to these exciting occasions and produce such memorable evenings!


 In addition to this we are very fortunate to have visiting tutors who enrich our curriculum by offering a range of peripatetic lessons including: piano, flute, violin and guitar.

Our full curriculum for Music and the linked progression of skills plan are available in school.  Feel free to request a copy.

Music Mark!
We are proud holders of a Music Mark award: recognising that we place importance and value on our music teaching! This will allow us to use teaching resources and connect with other schools.
In The Hall of the Mountain King
In Grey Birch we are learning about Peer Gynt and particularly, "In The Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. This piece depicts an adventure where Peer is escaping from a Mountain Ogre! We can hear the musical ways in which Grieg has created the sound of Peer creeping through the mountain, very quietly using pizzicato strings before having to RUN when the ogre wakes up!
This adventure story links to our topic and literacy work in which we are writing our own adventure stories of survival based in the Amazon rainforest. When we have finished them we will be composing our own adventure pieces based on our rainforest adventures!
Peripatetic Music Lessons
We have lots of cracking young musicians at The Grove - which keep our peripatetic staff very busy! Here are some photos of two of our musicians having lessons with one of our FANTASTIC peripatetic staff Nicky. They sounded super!
Year 5 Music!
We have been studying some of the BBC ten pieces this year. Here is our work on Benjamin Britten's "Sea Interludes" from "Peter Grimes" we wrote our own graphic scores and performed our compositions, inspired by the sea, to the class.

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