Our intent is to instill and develop a love and appreciation of music in our pupils and develop their musical skills. We engage and inspire children to appreciate, compose and perform music exploring different music genres.
Pupils learn 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
“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”
National Curriculum Music (2014)
In at least one enquiry each year, music is an integrated key focus. When teaching other enquiries, music is taught discreetly using the Charanga music resource. Charanga is an award-winning, high quality resource that supports teachers to inspire pupils and develop their musicality. More information on Charanga is available here:
We offer extra curricular instrument lessons and have a vibrant, enthusiastic choir who perform regularly at school events. More Information on these can be found in the ‘Children’ section of the website (Extra Curricular Clubs/Instrumental Lessons).
How you can help at home:
Singing is absolutely key in improving your child’s musicality. Sing along to the radio in the car, sing in the bath, sing your child a lullaby at bedtime! For ideas see ‘Bring the Noise’ and ‘Friday Afternoon Music’ below. Make some time to listen to and enjoy music. You could ask children what instruments they can hear when listening to music. Play them the music you love and don’t forget to dance and sing along (makes washing up go much quicker!).
Want to know more about music across Bristol? Bristol Plays Music is the place to go. It’s website is a hub for all sorts of music groups and tuition across the city.
BBC’s ‘Bring the Noise’ is a great place to start if you want to find more musical activities.
‘Ten Pieces’ is a wonderful project from the BBC introducing children from ages 7-11 to ten engaging classical pieces of music using video, dance and high quality performance. Check it out!
There’s a great song selection to be found here:
David Walliams does a podcast with a written quiz sheet. It is funny and informative. Episode 1 is Mozart.