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Gorringe Park Primary School

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 I'm Mrs Pyne and I am the Arts co-ordinator at Gorringe Park Primary School.


Music is my first love and I have been playing music since I was 6 years old. I first learnt to play the organ and then the treble recorder. I progressed to the clarinet and my teacher was called Mrs Blower! During my time at secondary school, I loved performing and I went on tours with the local wind band and clarinet choir playing clarinet and bass clarinet. 


At university, I learnt how to play the piano in one year -  this is why I sound like Les Dawson! At university, I was introduced to the complexity of the steel pans. I absolutely fell in love playing them and favourite pan is tenor. I am quite passionate about it because playing it is nothing like playing western music. None of the notes are written down and it is a true test of memory and group work. I have played at the Royal Albert Hall and in front of the Queen.  My other passion is song-writing and singing. I  often write and produce songs based on experiences, thoughts and feelings and if there are producers out there - call me! I love singing at weddings and have done performances as far as Barbados.


These experiences urge me to ensure that our children have a rich exposure to a range of music,  opportunities to play instruments, chances to sing to lift their moods and feel empowerment by what they learn. At Gorringe Park, we learn how to play the steel pan, we have opportunities to have instrumental lessons on the piano and guitar and as a whole class we learn: bamboo tamboo, recorders, steel pan and trumpet. We have a KS2 choir who perform to our school community and participate across the borough. We hope to visit or perform at the Fairfield Halls, O2 or Royal Albert hall one day - this would be a memorable experience.


I am proud to introduce my Music Ambassadors who inspire me when I hear of their musical endeavours:








Our Music Curriculum 


At Gorringe Park, we endeavour to promote self-expression through the exploration of a range of musical mediums that unite our diverse school community while promoting individuality.  Through the development of knowledge and careful progression of personal  skills, an outlet will be provided to enable children to be in tune with their well – being and artistic qualities in a non-judgemental environment. 


Music lessons focus on using skills and tapping into the unknown, providing new and developing old experiences to another level, making children breathe as it provides a different kind of happiness for all.  Achievement is personal and self-recognition of development is paramount for developing attainment. 


By providing engaging lessons, children will build a wealth of skills to be confident performers, musicians, singers and composers because creativity is about thinking outside the box because art is not about the final product – It’s about: the journey we take to get there, who we are and how it has affected us. Music is an opportunity to express ourselves.


Our children engage in weekly singing assemblies which are fun and dynamic! These increase core musical skills such as singing in unison and parts using a range of repertoire and rhythm work with graphic notation and oral memory activities. 


After school and lunchtime clubs are core to embedding and applying classroom skills. Teachers are encouraged to develop their skills too by participating with our pupils. We have a welcoming KS2 choir which encourages boys to sing. Children learn a range of song including rounds, animated songs, four-part songs, basic harmony and singing with control of voice. They also perform in school and at outside events such as the turning on of Mitcham town centre's Christmas lights.

 In our Art and Design lessons at Gorringe Park we aim to:


  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations


Early Years Foundation Stage


By the end of the Foundation Stage children will be able to:

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate try to move in time with music.


Key Stage 1


  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes 
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music 
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music


Key Stage 2


Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.


  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music

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