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.
We have a wide range of pitched and unpitched instruments and the pupils are provided opportunities to explore and compose using these. Pupils across the school receive the expertise of Mr. Turner, who primarily teaches Key Stage Two music but also works with a different Key Stage One class each term to give them opportunities to explore and play with the instruments.
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. At Easter, Years 3 and 4 perform a musical which is based on the Easter Story. In the Summer Term, Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) work together to do a musical performance, 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 singing to brass instruments, led by Mr. Turner.
We also have a successful school choir who rehearse on a weekly basis. They have had a range of performances both in and out of the school, including at the Remembrance Service in our local church and performing at the Christmas Fayre. We also participate in the yearly CSL Music Festival, held in the Civic Centre in Trowbridge; last year, we did a performance of 'Come Alive' and really enjoyed seeing the other schools' performances too.
This year, we are having more experiences with musicians visiting our school: so far, we have been visited by 'Rocktapus' who helped us compose a whole school song!