Music forms a key part of the curriculum at St. Gregory’s. All children from reception to year 6 receive a weekly class music lesson. To ensure progression and continuity throughout the school, the curriculum for the whole school (except year 3) is based on Charanga, an online teaching resource. Mr Brown, the school music coordinator, teaches the reception and year 1 classes whilst the class teachers in other groups teach their own music lessons. The scheme covers all aspects of the National Curriculum for Music, including listening to a wide variety of recorded music; developing vocal skills; and playing instruments such as the chime bars and recorders.
The school has a dedicated music room, which is well-equipped with a comprehensive range of percussion instruments, 20 keyboards and acoustic and digital pianos. The music room is used for class lessons, instrumental tuition and extra-curricular musical activities.
All children attend a weekly hymn practice. Reception and KS1 children learn simple hymns and songs with actions, whilst KS2 practise the hymns and Mass settings for the weekly Friday Mass at Ealing Abbey.
Extra-curricular music provision includes an orchestra for pupils in year 4 and above, which rehearses each week and performs at events such as the KS2 carol service. EMS provide a woodwind ensemble which is open to all children who are learning the flute or recorder.
There is a school choir consisting of year 5 and 6 pupils, which leads the singing at the Abbey Mass. The choir also participates in many events in the local area, including Light the Lane; Party in the Park; Hanwell Carnival; carol singing at Westfield and local nursing homes; and concerts with other local schools at St. Barnabas’ Church, Pitshanger Lane.