Music at Shibden Head Primary Academy
Music is a unique way of communication through self-expression and creativity. At Shibden Head we seek to provide opportunities for all children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In turn, this helps to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. At Shibden Head, music is taught through the curriculum, during extra-curricular activities and by instrumental tuition.
Teaching and Learning
At Shibden Head we aim to make music enjoyable and we also try to build up the confidence of all children through a variety of musical experiences. Before they leave us, we aim for all our children:
- To 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.
- To learn to sing and to use their voices.
- To create and compose music on their own and with others.
- To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
- To 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.
Music is taught in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 discretely throughout the year, but there is a larger focus on the arts through the Learning Challenge Curriculum in Summer 2. The end of the Learning Challenge topic in Summer 2 culminates in an Arts Festival, where the children’s work is displayed and parents are invited to attend.
At Shibden Head, teachers use Charanga (from the Bradford Music Education Hub) to help them to teach music. Charanga is a free online resource which provides teachers with planned units for all year groups and includes all the resources needed to teach each one. These are fun and interactive for the children to use in their music lessons.
Regular singing helps the children to practise using their voices creatively and expressively when singing a range of different melodies. Singing takes place in the classroom and all assemblies include singing for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Each year group follows their own long term plan which is taken from the Charanga scheme of work and follows the National Curriculum Objectives (2014). This ensures good progression as the children move up the school.
At Shibden Head we offer extra-curricular opportunities for children to enjoy developing their musical skills. At different points in the year, we run a choir which meets weekly after school. We ensure that the choirs are given the opportunity to perform at different events in and out of school. Throughout the year, we also encourage visits from performing art groups and musicians, further enhancing the music curriculum.
For the past four years, Focus Trust have hosted an annual Music Festival in the spring term. A range of children have attended and contributed to this. We aim to send different children each year, so that as many benefit from the experience as possible. On this day, children sing songs with other schools in the Trust, take part in musical activities and perform as a class/group.
Additional Music Instrumental Tuition
Children in KS2 are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with the Bradford Schools Music Service. Parents who wish their child to learn an instrument may hire or buy an instrument and pay the tuition fees. The children have a weekly lesson of 20 minutes each and we currently offer guitar, keyboard, and woodwind tuition. At the end of the year, children who are learning instruments at school can perform at a ‘Musical Soiree’. This gives them the opportunity to perform to a wider audience and is a chance to celebrate their progress and achievements. There are other opportunities for the children to perform during the year. Examples of these are the Key Stage Two Carol Concert and assemblies.
All children in Year 5 have the opportunity to learn the ukulele (taught by a teacher from the Bradford Schools Music Service). These whole class lessons are taught on a weekly basis and are free to all children. The lessons now continue into Year 6, so that the children can continue to practise and improve their skills.