“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent’” Victor Hugo
Music is a universal language. A high-quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music. Music also has the potential to make a huge difference to children’s development. It can increase confidence, promote team working, improve concentration and enhance social cohesion within the school and wider community.
Our core values at Bishop Loveday are to ‘inspire, nurture and excel’ and to provide our children with musical opportunities. Music lessons are fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, practical activities and movement. In EY and KS1, we use the Music Express scheme of work to deliver weekly music sessions. This offers a practical, topic- based approach to learning. In KS2, we use Music Express alongside the BBC 10 pieces scheme of work. Children in Year 4 enjoy weekly music sessions delivered by a specialist djembe drumming teacher. Our long-term planning overview links to National Curriculum objectives and ensures that the children experience a wide variety of musical genres and a steady progression of knowledge and skills. This will be through listening and responding to music, composition, performing and evaluating.
Further opportunities throughout school include: weekly key stage singing sessions and singing during collective worship times. The children also gain knowledge of the history and origins of music through our ‘around the world’ music journey during our whole school worship sessions. Children are also encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument through a variety of visiting peripatetic staff from the Oxfordshire County Music Service. Our school choir perform at many local venues and at occasions throughout the school year, such as ‘Children Singing for Children’ and taking part in our local church services. Christmas performances and topic based- celebrations also give the children a chance to demonstrate their musical abilities to audiences.