At the Glebe Primary School, we believe that singing is a powerful vehicle for teaching listening, performing and appraising skills; it is an important activity in its own right for developing confidence and self-esteem.
Our children receive a dedicated weekly singing session from nursery age, delivered by a specialist singing teacher and accomplished pianist. As a result they are exposed to high quality live music and a wide range of genres of songs on a regular basis.
Through performing in groups and on the microphone in front of each other, our children’s levels of oracy and presentational skills are improved and they become sensitive, mature listeners who appreciate what they hear.
Gifted and talented singers are selected to join a school choir who regularly perform in assemblies, for parents and the wider community.
Through singing with real passion and engagement in communal sessions our children gain enjoyment and a sense of belonging – the “feel good” endorphins are tangible.
Alongside our singing lessons, The Charanga Music School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support. This Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.