The new national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
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.
At St Barnabas and St Paul’s, music continues to go from strength to strength. From a choir of 10 we have now expanded to an average of 30 and participate in assemblies in school, performances and singing in the community. The choir are really enthusiastic and regularly meet each week to sing and enjoy music together.
Music is moving with the times at our school and we currently try to link music to our school topics which works really well. It encourages the children to learn and recall topical facts and have fun doing so. Throughout school the children enjoy singing in assemblies and performances. Our year 4 children are fortunate to have expert teaching from Blackburn with Darwen’s Music service during which time they participate in ukulele and voice tuition. They end their period of learning with a celebration assembly and each year these assemblies show how much fun music can be.
We are also fortunate to have some children learning keyboards. Currently we have 12 children all enjoying learning a new instrument and attending lessons each week. At the end of each school year we hold an afternoon of music for all of our talented pupils to show off their talents to the whole school and parents.
Music literally does flow through our school these days as the school radio station provides us with music to sing along to each break time. It is a sure sign of the fun, enthusiasm and enjoyment in learning at St Barnabas and St Paul’s.