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.

Music Implementation Statement

 Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing worship allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir and optional additional music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.

Music Intent Statement

 Music should be an enjoyable experience for pupils and teachers. Children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence at the same time. They develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.

Music Impact Statement

 The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.