At Burnt Oak Primary School, the children enjoy learning music through the use of Music Express. Music Express provides a completely new set of teaching activities to support the revised National Curriculum.
In Key stage 1 pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- In Key stage 2 pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music. We use Music Express within our school to help plan engaging and fun music lessons. All of our children have the opportunity to compose, perform and evaluate songs and music.
We are lucky enough in our school to provide funded tuition lessons for:
- Violin: Years 3-6
- Recorder: Year 3-4
- Djembe Drumming: Years 5
These lessons are taught by local licensed music teachers and the children enjoy these opportunities thoroughly. They share the learning in class assemblies and have chances to play within arranged Medway celebration days.
We also have Mr Crozer who comes in on a weekly basis to teach some Year 6 children guitar. These are weekly paid lessons and they enjoy showing off their skills in assemblies.
Last year, we joined in with Young Voices for the first time. This was a concert at the O2 in which over 8000 children sang to a large audience in an evening concert. It was an amazing experience and we are very lucky to say it will be happening again this academic year. We practice in a weekly singing club in which children are committed to learning the many songs. We can’t wait for this to happen again!
Music is seen as a fun and enjoyable part of learning at Burnt Oak!