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
- To 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. The interest in our choir has grown so rapidly that we have now opened it up to our Key Stage One pupils. The choir 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 is extremely effective. It encourages the children to learn and recall topical facts and have fun doing so. Our year 4 children are fortunate to have expert teaching from an external music service during which time they participate in a variety of musical experiences such as; voice tuition and clarinet. 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 and recorders. Currently we have lots of children 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.
As a school, we currently use variety of schemes depending on the topic taught. This may be from sing-up, traditional nursery rhymes, hymns or songs for every assembly and many more. During collective worship we sing a variety of songs as a whole school celebrating our faith.
All children participate in a variety of events across the year. For example, the Year One children participate in a Christmas performance of the Nativity, whilst all children take part in a Christmas carol concert where parents are invited to join. The Year 6 children put on an end of year performance before their transition to high school.