At Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy we believe that the teaching and learning of music is of great importance in the education and development of the child as a whole person. Music is the need to express and share feelings, thoughts and ideas by ordering sounds into forms which symbolise experiences. It is an important factor in the lifestyle of many cultures from which people can gain emotional, intellectual and spiritual satisfaction.
We aim to ensure that music contributes towards the development of the child's creativity, self-expression, social skills and aesthetic awareness.
In school we provide for the progressive development of the musical skills of:
- Controlling the voice and instruments to perform and share musical ideas.
- Creating, shaping and organising musical sounds, showing awareness of compositional elements.
- Responding to music by perceiving and identifying factors in the music and by making appropriate evaluations about its effectiveness.
Our pupils will have the opportunity to develop an awareness, understanding and appreciation of a range of musical styles and cultural traditions. Through their active involvement in the skills of performing, composing and appraising, we aim to encourage the social skills of co-operation and initiative, thus developing confidence and self-esteem.
In 2012 we achieved our Sing Up School Gold Award in recognition of our commitment to putting singing at the heart of our school, both in and out of the classroom. We received some wonderful feedback from the judges; 'the evidence we have seen clearly shows that you are a singing school', 'as you have found, singing can be part of learning for any subject and topic', 'the use of singing to help learn languages - French & Spanish - I am sure is really helping to remember vocabulary'.
Music in Reception
Children in their Reception year will have many opportunities to explore and recognise how sounds can be produced and changed. They will learn to sing songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match movements to music. They will communicate their ideas and feelings by singing a variety of songs and using a selection of musical instruments. During this year the emphasis will be on action songs and musical games.
Music in Key Stage 1 & 2
Throughout Key Stage 1 & 2 children will be taught to:
- Control sounds through singing and playing
- Create and develop musical ideas
- Respond to a variety of music from different times and cultures
- Review individual and group musical activities
- Listen with concentration
- Internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Singing in two parts (Key Stage 2 only)
- Use ICT to capture and combine sounds (Key Stage 2 only)
The teaching will focus on the seven elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.
In school, music is taught by Mrs Powell in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 and class teachers in other year groups using the Music Express Scheme to support their teaching. Wherever possible there will be links made to other parts of the curriculum and the outcome of a unit of work will be linked to a class topic. We firmly believe that music helps to develop skills in other areas, especially in the development of Literacy (language skills, rhythm, rhyme, research and communicating ideas), Numeracy (patterns and sequences), ICT (composing, notation, research, use of CDs and recording) and PSHE (reflecting, listening, creating and performing). During their lessons the children will have access to tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, electronic digital keyboards (upper Key Stage 2) and also CDs and the internet, exploring a range of music.
Our children also have access to a range of musical activities such as:
Assemblies and Hymn Practices
Infant and junior children meet separately once a week for hymn practice to learn new songs. In class assemblies the children have the opportunity to perform music they have studied or composed to their parents.
At Harvest time, Easter and Christmas the school comes together to create special performances for parents to attend, where the children get a chance to share music they have created. At the end of the summer term the Year 6 children put on a production for the rest of the school and for their parents.
With the support of Mrs Powell, we have a choir, The Singing Stars, that is open to all children in Year 2 & 3. They learn songs from a variety of musical traditions and cultures and are also taught about articulation and vocal techniques.
We also have a lunchtime club, The Lunchtime Singers, for children in Y4/5/6.
At Christmas time the Y2/3 choir perform concerts in our local community - in care homes, The Methodist Church and in local businesses. They also join together with Cleeve Choral, a local choir, for their Christmas Concert at St Michael’s Church. Children from Y4/5/6 get the opportunity to sing at GE Aviation, Gloucester Cathedral (as part of the Meningitis Trust Christmas Concert) and they also join together with children from Cleeve School and other local primaries to sing at the annual Christmas Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall.
In July each year our choirs and instrumentalists come together to perform a concert for parents at Cleeve School for our ‘Summer Spectacular.’ Past themes have included songs from Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat, songs from Oliver and last year a tribute to Abba. This is an opportunity for all children to gain experience in performance on a larger scale.
Visiting music teachers give brass, flute, clarinet, violin, piano and guitar lessons once a week throughout the year. Further information on these lessons and the costs involved can be obtained from the school office..
Extra-Curricular Music Opportunities
We currently offer the following extra-curricular opportunities in music & dance. Generally these clubs run all year round from one year to the next however, there may occasionally be changes so it is advisable to check with the individual teachers or the staff in the school office if you are particularly interested in a club. Please note that these clubs may be cancelled at short notice and should not be used as an alternative to childcare.
|Jacappella *||Mrs Powell||Infants||Tuesday3.15/4.00pm|
|Lunchtime Singers||Mrs Powell||Y4/5/6||Tuesday Lunchtime 12.50-13.20pm|
|Jacappella *||Mrs Powell||Reception||Wednesdays 3.15/4.00pm|
|Singing Stars||Mrs Powell||Y2 & 3||Thursday3.15/4.15pm|
* Charge applies
In summary, we regard Music as a very valuable part of our curriculum and school life. We teach a stimulating and varied music curriculum. We provide children with the opportunity to develop instrumental, singing and performance skills. Children of all abilities enjoy music and dance at the school. We teach them to listen, perform and appreciate music while encouraging them to develop their creative skills and abilities.
- BBC Music for Schools - some useful information and fun activities to support the teaching of music in school
- Jacappella - these music classes aim to develop children's musical knowledge through a range of activities including songs & rhymes, action games, circle games, extensive use of percussion instruments, listening to and moving to a variety of music, performing to classical music, group performance and individual performance. The sessions are designed to engage and delight. The songs are easily memorised and are written in an accessible vocal range so that tuneful singing is possible from the start.