Music lies at the heart of Brookfield Primary School and we pride ourselves on the content of our creative curriculum.
We believe that music has value as an academic subject, which lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits, for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun.
Singing is a large part of Brookfield school life. The whole school has taken part in a variety of national singing events over the last year, bringing much enjoyment.
The children’s formal music education starts as soon as they enter the school. Children are given many opportunities to sing and explore instruments throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1, with an organised progression of skills, which are re-visited frequently throughout their primary years.
By Key Stage 2 children are expected to start composing more structured pieces of music, often in groups. This encourages improved social and listening skills, in addition to the many musical skills that are being taught.
The focus of these lessons is on the seven common musical elements: tempo, dynamics, pitch, structure, texture, timbre and duration.
We have a peripatetic teacher who currently offers tuition in guitar and drumming. Pupils who learn instruments during the school day have the opportunity to perform at school celebrations throughout the year. They are all encouraged to perform at the annual Autumn and Spring Concerts, even if they have only been playing for a short while.
At Brookfield Primary we use Charanga Scheme of work to support our music teaching, which is linked to the National Curriculum 2014. This is an online music scheme with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support children's learning about music.
How the Scheme is structured:
Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Appraising
2. Musical Activities
a. Warm-up Games
b. Optional Flexible Games
d. Playing instruments
How the Music Lesson is structure:
Listen and Appraise - 15 mins
Musical Activities - 20 mins
Perform/Share - 10 mins
The year 4 curriculum is delivered throughout the year by Derbyshire Music Partnership. They teach the children musical skills, notation and terminology through the use of either the flute, clarinet or trumpet during their whole class music lessons. This is a fantastic opportunity and often leads to children taking up individual music lessons for that instrument.
As a school, we offer a wide range of opportunities to develop musical competence. This includes performing in various events and productions throughout the year:
- Reception and Key Stage 1 nativities
- Key stage 2 spring production
- Leaver's assemblies
- Carols and Mince Pies
- Christmas Tree Festival
- Easter services
- Harvest festival
- Remembrance parade
All children also take part in singing assemblies where they learn songs related to the season or important festivals.
To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into our school. As well as having guests into school we also take groups of children out of school to take part in workshops. We have regularly taken part in the Young Voices project.
Due to current Covid-19 regulations, singing and playing of wind instruments is extremely limited. We have had to adapt the curriculum in order to be Covid safe. Instead of singing, we are learning to sign along with popular songs. We have also learnt been Listening and Appraising more, which has supported our pupils well-being.