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At Bishop Lonsdale Primary and Nursery School, our children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments.

At times, specialist music teachers visit the school to teach music and give pupils the best opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge of this area of the curriculum.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use Music Express, which provides the basis for a classroom-based approach to learning music. Throughout the scheme, the children explore sounds, sing actively, compose and perform. They listen and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres and cultures, including the works of great composers and musicians.

In EYFS, regular provision is made for children to develop listening skills, be exposed to a wide variety of music, develop a repertoire of songs and learn about sound when using musical instruments. We have both an indoor and outdoor music area where the children can explore and practise sounds.

As a school we use a topic-based, cross-curricular approach to support children’s learning and music, at times, is linked to curriculum areas, such as, science, history and design technology. In EYFS music is linked to the curriculum in Literacy, Maths and topics with relevant songs and free play of instruments during learning and exploring sessions.

All Key Stage 1 and 2 children take part in a singing assembly once a week where they learn songs embracing the Christian faith of the school, the seasons or important ­­festivals.

Each year, Key Stage 1 and EYFS join together to sing and perform a Nativity play to the rest of the school and parents.

In Key Stage 2, through our extra-curricular Drama Club, the children sing and perform to an audience at the end of the Summer Term.