'We are Musicians'
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
Why should we learn about music?
Music is a practical, creative subject which can be of benefit to all children when developing imagination, the ability to listen attentively and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings. The social and emotional benefits of being able to play an instrument are invaluable. How often do you hear ‘I wish I’d learnt an instrument at school’?
How will it help children in later life?
Mental health is an important issue and music can be a great release from social and emotional pressures. Learning an instrument can develop co-ordination and memory. It can also lead to careers that involve travelling the world.
What can children expect in music at BPJS?
Children will have lots of fun playing tuned instruments and a range of percussion instruments from around the world. They will also learn to read music. Children may be taken to the impressive ‘Philharmonic Hall’ to hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras perform a variety of music. They will also have talented groups like ‘Travelling by Tuba’ perform for them in school.
What can parents expect?
Expect children to come home singing tunefully, discussing music and improvising. They will make you feel old by asking questions like ‘Have you heard of this really old group called Duran Duran?’
We are fortunate enough to have extremely talented peripatetic teachers who offer private lessons for the flute, clarinet and violin. They have the amazing ability to make new players sound professional, so ear plugs are not needed. They also hold a concert at the end of the year so that children can show off their new skills.
How we teach music
Our BPJS Music curriculum ensures a broad and balanced approach that builds on expectations of the National Curriculum (2014). The main scheme is ‘Music Express’ with support from online resources and apps. Children will gain skills in reading, evaluating and performing a variety of music.
Differentiation is key to delivering an effective and inclusive curriculum. All pupils' starting points are considered and activities and work is matched to ensure pupils reach their full potential, whilst supporting the child's learning. Adult support, a range of activities, equipment and resources can enable children of all abilities to access learning.
Our school will ensure that: