Music education at North Bradley C of E Primary School is designed to enable our pupils to be invigorated, stimulated and fascinated by music. Through creation, evaluation and analysis of a range of musical genres, we aim to ensure that every child is able to explore their own musical talents in a variety of ways. Links with other curriculum areas are encouraged and through a skills based curriculum and extra-curricular activities, there is a wide spectrum of experiences that enable children to become immersed in music.
Through music education, we aim to:
- make music a pleasurable activity which can provide fulfilment throughout life;
- create an appreciation of music which is heightened by understanding;
- develop knowledge of the work of a range of musicians and composers to contribute to the pupils’ cultural understanding;
- enable pupils to compose, perform and analyse music from a range of stimuli and genres.
Music lessons within the school day are taught by class teachers in Key Stage One, and a weekly session is taught to Key Stage Two by the Music Leader. We have a wide range of pitched and unpitched instruments and the pupils are provided opportunities to explore and compose using these. Recorders are taught across Key Stage Two, progressing onto reading notation and composing using them, in the later years.
Pupils at North Bradley are encouraged to perform musically from the moment that they enter our school. Our Key Stage One classes all participate in our annual Christmas musical. These have ranged from ‘The Donkey Seller’ to ‘The Curious Sheep’ and are based on our Christian values. The Key Stage Two summer musical is also a yearly event, ranging from ‘Pirates from Penzance’ to ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’. Other performance opportunities arise throughout the school calendar, from singing in our church services to our end of year music tuition celebration.
To further enrich the children’s musical experiences, a range of extra-curricular activities are available to the children. We offer a range of music tuition, from keyboards to guitars, led by peripatetic music teachers from Wiltshire Music Service. Several of our pupils have progressed onto the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra based on their school tuition.
We also have a successful school choir, called ‘N.B. Glee’ who rehearse on a weekly basis. They have had a range of performances both in and out of the school, including singing in Trowbridge town centre as part of the organised Christmas celebrations and performing at local fetes. Last year, we had the opportunity to perform with the Trowbridge School’s Collaboration with a performance of ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from the musical ‘Hairspray’. Preparations have already begun for our participation in this summer’s event too!