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Music at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

At Gilbert Colvin, we provide a high-quality music education which aims to inspire a life-long love of music.

We demonstrate how much we value music by investing heavily in it. All children from Nursery to Year 6 are lucky enough to be taught by specialist instructors from Redbridge Music Service, at least once a week.

In the early years, music is integrated into everyday learning, for example beginning phonics lessons with a song.


The children also enjoy their weekly music lessons where they sing, play simple percussion instruments and learn how to listen and respond through music.


In Key Stage One, the children are taught ‘body percussion’ and explore making sequences of different sounds, using their bodies expressively. They also explore how to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments to compose their own melodic patterns using musical symbols for tempo and dynamics.

“I like it when we get the sticks and eggs out because it sounds really nice!” Year 1 Pupil

Children in Key Stage One attend weekly ‘Little Sing’ sessions where they learn a wide variety of songs on different themes for example Easter, Halloween and our school values. Key Stage Two children have weekly ‘Big Sing’ sessions which incorporate their own requests, recently learning songs from Moana!

“I like going to Little Sing and Ms Kenwright lets us put different words in the ‘Here Comes the Dragon’ song like ‘Here comes the dragon flossing down the street!’” Year 2 Pupil

Year 3 children have weekly recorder lesson. They learn left and right hand finger patterns to master challenging pieces of music which they perform in school concerts and demonstrate their progress.

In Years 4 and 5, children learn about the history of music and how music is created. For example, they learn how to improvise, compose partner songs, play chord accompaniments and hold their own part in a musical round. This builds their confidence in, and appreciation of, a wide range of music.

On Fridays, all classes in Years 4, 5 and 6 are lucky enough to also have 45 minute brass lesson. All begin on the cornet, with some learning the trumpet, trombone or baritone in Year 6. As a school, we are very proud to offer all children this opportunity.

The Gilbert Colvin choirs are led by our specialist instructor and rehearse during lunchtimes. Our Year 5 and 6 choir recently represented Gilbert Colvin at the Stratford and East London Music Festival 2019 and won the Junior Challenge Cup.

We believe strongly in offering all children performance opportunities in music. Children in Years 5 and 6 are invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in the biannual celebration of music in Redbridge. In addition, we hold our own concerts twice a year to demonstrate our children’s progress and achievements in music; over 100 of our children took part in the Gilbert Colvin Christmas concert in 2018.

What our children think about Music at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

“In brass we learn different styles of how to play and I like that I get to play with my friends and play in the concert” Year 6 Pupil

“I love music because we get to sing and do fun things like put lyrics together and then we get to vote on which lyrics we like the most and we all have separate parts to sing. I like being in choir because we feel like a team with each other” Year 5 Pupil.

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