Music lies at the heart of Brookfield Primary School.
The children participate in some kind of musical activity every day, whether that is singing, learning an instrument with the many peripatetic teachers, performing, listening, composing or evaluating the musical work of others.
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 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 to support our music teaching, this is an online music scheme with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support children's learning about music.
Year 4 children also have the opportunity to learn 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.
All children also take part in singing assemblies where they learn songs related to the season or important festivals.
At Christmas Key Stage 2 invite parents to join us for a Christmas sing-a-long to share the songs we have been learning and Key Stage 1 put on a nativity play with lots of singing and dancing.
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.