• Performing Arts & Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our Music curriculum will engage and inspire pupils, developing their love for and interest in many forms of music of different styles and from different times and cultures. It will develop their skills and confidence in taking part in music activities, in listening, singing and playing musical instruments. Music also makes an important contribution to the life of our school. It is embedded within our projects, taught mostly by a music specialist who also supports non-specialist delivery. See examples below.

Music Knowledge Progression

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Singing

We have weekly Key-Stage 1 and 2 singing for all children: we sing a broad range of songs: in parts and in rounds, for assemblies, from musicals and linked to projects. We also listen to music from different cultures, times and in various styles.

Extra-Curricular Music

  • Choir – weekly at lunchtime with many performance opportunities.
  • Orchestra – workshops and a performance twice a year.

Visiting Performers

Oxford Commas – December 2023

We have visiting teachers for:

  • Violin and cello
  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Woodwind
  • Piano

Festival of Voices

We also take part in the Festival of Voices at Dorchester Abbey once a year with a group of 30 Year 3 or 4 children.

Productions

At Christmas, our KS1 children put on a Nativity.

In July, Year 6 produce a fabulous summer musical outside in our school grounds, including singing accompanied by Years 4 and 5.

Examples of Music Outcomes Embedded in Projects

Year 6 Kuki Airani Drumming

Reception

Dinosaur, Dinosaur