Music – Curriculum information

At Ganton School we recognise Music as ‘a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.’

Music is not delivered as a discrete subject but as a creative art in other curriculum areas. It is not an isolated activity but adds an element of enrichment to the whole curriculum. The method of delivery will be guided by the needs of the individual learner and reflect the aims and objectives of a particular learning experience. There is no prescriptive method and impromptu opportunities to use music are valued. The contributions of all pupils are respected and all appropriate contributions are regarded in a positive way. It is our aim to enable all pupils to experience live music at least once a term, through visiting professional musicians or workshop events. This may be a whole school experience or targeted at a particular age or ability group.

The primary aim is to provide for every pupil, in the most appropriate way, a broad and balanced music curriculum which will help them to:

  • create and perform their own music, in class and in front of a wider audience, using musical skills, that they have been taught in a structured way
  • experience a sense of pride and achievement in their own work
  • demonstrate their ability in an area not dependent on language skills
  • improve their listening, concentration and attention skills
  • develop imitation skills
  • produce sounds and develop expressive language
  • practise turn taking
  • choose, discriminate and justify decisions
  • experiment and try new ideas where there are no right or wrong answers
  • develop coordination and functional fine motor skills
  • support the development of mobility and movement
  • encourage cooperation, tolerance and a willingness to work with others
  • develop self-discipline and self-confidence
  • foster community involvement
  • be involved in activities which may provide a fulfilling hobby or pastime and promote lifelong learning.

Further information:

‘Staff use signing, symbols, photographs and objects of reference to communicate effectively with those pupils who need additional support to ensure that they are fully engaged in their learning.’…

OFSTED comments

‘Pupils respect each other, display good manners and work together successfully.’…

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‘Pupils run the school shop and staff cafeteria, enabling them to use their literacy and numeracy skills in a practical setting.’…

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‘Pupils take part in a strong work experience and work-related learning programme.’…

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‘Leaders use the pupil premium funding effectively.’…

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‘Pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, are making strong progress from their varied starting points in reading, writing and mathematics.’…

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‘Pupils rise to the challenges that you set, and their learning is rarely disrupted.’…

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‘Leaders have continued to develop the school’s curriculum since the last inspection.’…

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‘The school council is
especially active and members are particularly proud of the role they played in improving school meals..’…

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‘There is a strong emphasis on personalisation of the curriculum, the development of pupils’ communication skills, independence skills and preparation for life after school.’…

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‘The curriculum offers a wealth of enrichment activities which are highly valued by
pupils and parents and carers.’…

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‘Leaders have introduced a new approach to assessment. This enables leaders to check pupils’ progress from their starting points more effectively.’…

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‘Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school continues to go from strength to strength.’…

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‘Pupils say that they enjoy their lessons and take great pride in their work.’…

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‘Pupils take part in local and
regional accessible sporting activities.’…

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‘Pupil Premium is targeted to improving pupils’ communication skills through investment in specialist equipment and software.’…

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‘Leaders have carried out a detailed review of the curriculum pathways for pupils.’…

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‘Pupils spoke
enthusiastically about learning outside of school and their visits to local museums, the Humber Bridge, local cafes and to the cinema.’…

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