At Southmead we believe that children should experience and enjoy all sorts of music, participating in whole class ensemble teaching, singing in groups of different sizes and listening to and enjoying music of many different genres. Music is used to engage and inspire pupils, developing their love of music as well as musical talents. Music also develops self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.
We have a rich variety of singing opportunities. All children sing in large ensemble groups. Singing is also used in school productions, such as the key stage 1 Christmas nativity and the year 6 end of year production. Our school choir provides the opportunity for children to take part in many different activities, both within school and in the learning community, working collaboratively with other local schools.
We also work with many local peripatetic teachers, so children are able to explore further tuition on individual instruments. We celebrate the children’s achievements with performances to both their peers and parents, encouraging children to share their musical talents and be proud of their individual accomplishments.
Our Year Six classes also benefit from whole class brass instrument lessons.
We use a scheme of work called Charanga Music:
The award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music —
- A complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music
- A growing library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps
- Support for assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning