Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for individual self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. We do this by setting tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses. We offer opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. Our vision is that children will develop an ability to listen to, and appreciate a wide variety of music, including different styles, periods and cultures and that they will have opportunities to explore and express, in articulate ways, ideas and feelings about music. Through the variety of enrichment opportunities provided, we hope that we will enable all children to have access to music and to develop an enjoyment of music, which will always be part of their lives. These activities include (amongst others) taking part in the Sing Together project at King George’s Hall, the KS1 Nativity, the KS2 end of year play which is often described as ‘showstopping’, the Community Carol Concert which takes place in church, and the biannual KS2 visit to see the Hallé Orchestra. Throughout school, children will explore a range of musical elements, for example: pitch, duraction, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. We encourage active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voices and instruments – both tuned and un-tuned and develop a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others, to an audience. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching and joining together during collective worships is an important part of school life and emphasises to the children how the teaching of music is ‘Rooted in God’.
Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 are currently taught by Broughton Music Academy. Tuition rotates between samba, recorders and glockenspiels. All the intertwined musical elements are taught through this. Years 1 and 3 are taught by the teacher using the Charanga Music Scheme and also the Sing Together programme. More details of music provision at Barton St Lawrence can be found by viewing the files at the bottom of the page (including coverage specifically for the Year 2020 - 2021 as this changed due to Covid).
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Children throughout the school will have the chance to participate in at least six sessions of extra-curricular musical activities every year. We believe that these less formal opportunities for musical support, allow children to develop their unique and individual style and interests. The clubs allow more scope for ideas to be contributed, as well as consolidating what is taught through the music curriculum. Other examples of extra-curricular music being taught include the 'Sing Together' concert in Blackburn, a concert for KS2 at the local theatre, and the KS2 end of year play as well as the KS1 nativity.
ABLE, GIFTED AND TALENTED OPPORTUNITIES
Please see the 'Creative Arts' Policy for more information on how we cater for more able children in the arts. In addition to this, we work closely with Broughton Music Academy who help us to develop the talents of our young musicians.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM COVERAGE
Each year group will plan from the National Curriculum document and will cover all of statutory requirements for that key stage. The objectives will be revisited and reviewed in a progressive way through each year group. Please see below the learning that each key stage will cover. Exemplified objectives for each year group can be found on the class pages in the form of the half-termly topic webs. More detail can also be found by dowloading the files at the bottom of the page.
The 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.
By the end of Key stage 1 pupils at Barton St Lawrence will have:
used their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
played tuned and untuned instruments musically
listened with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
experimented with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
By the end of Key stage 2 pupils at Barton St Lawrence will have:
played and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
develop an understanding of the history of music
Here is what a Barton St Lawrence Musician / music lesson looks like in each year group.
Year 1 learning the vocals to 'Hey You'. Lesson 1 Unit 1.
I think you will agree that they are certainly enjoying it!
Want to get a feel of what Music tuition is like here at Barton St Lawrence? Take a look at these photographs and watch the videos at the bottom of the page.
Year 3 experiencing a 'Traditional Folk Music of Lancahshire' workshop
Sing Together at St George's Hall, Blackburn
Carol Concert at St Lawrence Church
Visit to the Halle Orchestra
Recorders with Broughton Music Academy
Music Workshop helod by the animateurs from Blackburn Cathedral