Curriculum Intent

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. At Valley Gardens Middle School our aim is to foster pupils’ sensitivity, understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in activities that bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising.

Each class receives one music lesson per week taught by a subject specialist in a block of classrooms which are fully equipped with a good range of high quality classroom instruments.

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Maia performed today for the first time for the Year 8 Head's Achieve Assembly and did a fabulous job playing Allegretto a grade 4 ABRSM exam piece. Maia plays 5 instruments...which is very impressive! #vgmsmusic

Year 7's were treated to a great performance of Zu Hause by Eleanor in the Head's Achieve Assembly on Friday. It was a confident and mature performance of a grade 4 ABRSM exam piece. #vgmsmusic

It has been great to see Mrs Critten, our new violin teacher, settle in so quickly into the department and we are so excited as she is starting String Group tonight after school 3.30 - 4.20pm. #vgmsmusic

We would like to welcome Fiona Gould to our talented team of peripatetic music teachers. It is lovely to have her working with us teachingbpiano. #vgmsmusic

5DB worked so well today as a team performing a pulse challenge using pebbles. #vgmsmusic

Year 8's performed some great samba pieces last half term as form classes. This half term they are under way with the challenge of creating their own using the skills and techniques they learnt. #vgmsmusic

The Music Department wanted to welcome Laurie, our singing tutor, back after being on maternity leave. It's lovely to see her...I know the students are excited to get under way. #vgmsmusic

Year 6 have had great fun learning the pitches of the notes...and not in the usual way!! #vgmsmusic

Congratulations to Emma for her very first solo performance! She performed Bare Necessities on recorder in front of all of year 6 for the Headteachers Achieve Assembly and did a fantastic job. #vgmsmusic

The Bare Necessities was the piece our year 5's were treated to as part of their Headteachers Assembly. Surina, Ava, Rhona and Katie, who all have grade 1 descant recorder with merit, performed for us today. You did a great job girls, thank you! #vgmsmusic

Maddy began this years Headteacher Assemblies for year 8 with a confident performance of Zu Hause (a grade 4 ABRSM exam piece for descant recorder). Well done Maddy! #vgmsmusic

Thank you to Ella for starting our Achieve Assembly performances off. Ella played a beautiful piece by Purcell, one of her grade 5 pieces, for years 5 and 6. A moving performance - well done Ella! #vgmsmusic

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