Music at The Grove

Welcome to The Grove music page 

Visions and Aims

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 in a two-year rolling programme. 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!


From EYFS to year 6 the children are taught to recognise and appreciate a range of different musical genres. This not only broadens their musical experiences but, over time, embeds greater listening skills and allows them to place their listening into a musical timeline. The Charanga units – which we have adapted to complement our own curriculum and mixed year groups – are closely aligned with the National Curriculum and also cover many of the aspirational elements of the Model Music Curriculum, published in March 2021.

The Charanga units take us through a range of different musical genres, which we are hoping to expand to include some more Classical styles.

Currently the children complete units incorporating:

-      Nursery rhymes

-      Funk

-      Traditional Western songs

-      Disco

-      Western Pop

-      Blues

-      Latin

-      Baroque

-      Bhangra

-      RnB

-      Hip Hop

-      Reggae

-      Rap

-      Rock

-      Jazz

Charanga really champions the core skills:

-      Listening

-      Understanding

-      Composing

-      Improvising

-      Singing/Instrumental Performance

Which become progressively more challenging as the children progress through the school and have benefited from the musical teaching they have had previously.


Due to the recent lockdown and current restrictions in place singing our Charanga Units have been put on hold and replaced with a variety of excellent online resources allowing children to continue their music-making including: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/




You can see some of the fantastic creative responses the children completed at home below!



Lockdown music-making!
Have a look at some of the curriculum music-making the children completed independently at home! They listened to a new orchestral piece of music everyday for a week, answered listening and appraising questions and then completed a creative response.
Peripatetic Music Lessons
We have lots of cracking young musicians at The Grove - which keep our peripatetic staff very busy! The children can learn the flute, piano, guitar and ukelele.  Our pianists were kept busy during lockdown - here are some of their performances as part of their zoom lessons with Nicky.
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!
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.