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Gilbert Inglefield

Music 2021-2022

Head of Department: Mrs. M. Saracino
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Music plays an integral part in the life of Gilbert Inglefield Academy.

 The Gilbert Inglefield Academy musical journey

We are proud to be a Music Mark school, having been nominated for this award by Inspiring Music Central Bedfordshire.

Every child receives a music lesson once a week which involves learning to play a wide range of musical instruments such as steel pans, African drums, ukuleles, guitars, keyboards to name a few. We also learn about music from different cultures and times and pupils listen to music from some of the great classical composers.

Joining together to share music develops the whole child, and pupils sing and perform together on a regular basis. Singing assemblies in key stages and as a whole school community take place weekly where we learn a variety of songs from different religious, historical and moral perspectives as well as singing for the fun of it!

Pupils are able to extend their skills and enjoyment of music by taking part in one of the many musical clubs that are run throughout the school day and before and after school.

Pupils prepare and present musical performances throughout the year, such as a concert and Nativity production at Christmas, an Easter concert, and a summer term concert which showcases our talented solo performers.

The school recognises and embraces being part of the community and our pupils perform to the elderly in residential homes and invite guests in to listen and join in with our performances and celebrations.

Year 5


Pupils learn to play the ukulele. We concentrate on learning to read the chord grid and learn strumming techniques which are tailored to their individual needs.

Pupils learn to perform a variety of different songs celebrating Harvest and Christmas. They have the opportunity to work in groups and can join the Ukulele Club which meets once a week. The Ukulele Club performs in assemblies and goes out to perform to the wider community. This will occur once government guidelines allow.

Pupils also learn to sing in a call and response style learning songs from around the world. They learn part singing, and can develop their singing skills further by joining the Pop Choir which is open to all years.

Pupils begin to develop their composition skills by composing lyrics to go with a song they have learnt in lessons which they will also perform paying particular attention to pitch and style. Pupils learn about the ballet music of Tchaikovsky as well as learning about the Romantic period of music. They develop their knowledge of the orchestra identifying instrumental families.

Pupils will particularly learn the stories and music of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Learning musical vocabulary is an important part of the curriculum, and we will be using and learning the symbols for the elements of music.

Year 6


Developing knowledge of singing songs from around the world in a call and response style as well as part singing will form an important part of our work. Pupils learn to perform a variety of different songs celebrating Harvest and Christmas.

Pupils will continue to develop skills learnt in the previous year on the ukulele, extending their skills moving between a variety of chords and play and singing songs.

We also develop our knowledge to the orchestra looking at the families and individual instruments learning about pitch and timbre (type of sound).

Year 7


Pupils learn to play the African drums. We have several different types of authentic African drums and pupils have the opportunity to play on all of these during lessons.

We learn to play ostinato (repeating) rhythms in parts and also learn to play the different notes on the drum using different parts of the drum and hand.

Looking at the origins of African drumming forms an integral part of our work and we look at the cultural significance of drumming in Africa.

We learn songs from Africa to go with drumming patterns that are performed in class.

Pupils compose their own music in response to the music heard and learnt in lesson, recording these and assessing each other’s work.

Pupils will also work on keyboard skills – reading from traditional notations. They will work on treble and bass clefs and perform to the class.

We will begin our work on steel pans and the drumkit learning to perform from memory and keeping to the beat using ostinato rhythms, whilst learning about the cultural heritage of the genre.

Year 8


During the term we will work on our second unit of African drumming looking at how and where the drums are made and the life and culture of the African people linking with geography.

Year 8 study music from Brazil listening to the beats and rhythms of Samba music. Pupils work on a variety of drums and percussion instruments from Brazil and perform as a Samba Band.

We work on traditional notation as well as using other notation devices thinking about dynamics (volume) and tempo (speed).

Syncopated (off beat) dance rhythms are worked through with pupils using some of the techniques they have acquired during PE lessons.

Pupils will record and analyse their performances offering feedback as to where improvements could be made using musical vocabulary.



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