At Bradley Barton, music starts in Early Years, taught through the Early Years Curriculum. Children explore sounds of instruments through their topic work and as part of their development in Expressive Arts and Design. In Nursery they also teach music through Phase 1 Letters and Sounds. Write Dance provides additional opportunities to explore music through movement, alongside developing their fine motor skills. In EYFS music always forms part of the continuous provision as well as a guided session every one to two weeks.
In KS1 and KS2 we currently plan our Music lessons in line with our topic themes and use these to address the National Curriculum. However, thanks to funding from Devon Music, from September 2016 we will be following the Charanga Musical School scheme for music across KS1 and KS2. It is a modern, exciting and digital resource to support the teaching of music across the Primary Phases. It will provide teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson.
Music is led by Heidi Hammond.
The National Curriculum states: " should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Children's Views of their Learning
“I like making up my own songs in music learning, by changing the words to songs we know.”
“I love music at my Dance club at school on Fridays.”
“I really love playing my violin.”
"I love listening to music and drawing at the same time.”
“I enjoy singing assemblies, I love the songs we sing!”
This is a piece of KS1 learning linked to their topic of Oceans. This is their response to listening to piece of music by Debussy for the first time. The learning objective was to listen with concentration and understanding to a piece of music.