Music at Burnopfield will give every child a chance to explore their creative ability and appreciate the creations of others. We will use inspirational people ranging from contemporary artists to classical composers and local folk musicians to create a rich and adventurous curriculum. The choice of topics will reflect our policy that we are all different but all equal and will reflect our diversity as well as our local identity.
Music is taught as part of the National Curriculum in normal lesson time for all children. The children and staff can access the Charanga music website which supports a wide range of teaching and learning from singing to instrumental tuition.
As part of our cultural capital, children will have the chance to visit local music venues such as The Sage as part of their time at school and experience live music performances both at school and in different musical venues.
Children will also have the chance to raise their aspirations by taking part in school groups to learn new skills and perform to others. All Key Stage 2 pupils will have the opportunity to join the school choir. Not only will they perform in most assemblies contributing to school life, they will also work towards external performances, both enriching our local community and taking part in larger scales events and performances. This is important as part of our growth mindset- encouraging all children to participate in the extracurricular life of their school.
In Year 3 the children access free instrumental learning as part of the National First Access scheme for one term. This programme introduces pupils to instrumental learning in a fun and inclusive way. It is designed to develop pupils’ love of, confidence and progress in music, while also enhancing their personal and educational development as a whole.
All Year 3 children learn the descant recorder. In Years 4, 5 and 6 they have the chance to join a recorder group.
Children are given the opportunity to learn a Brass instrument in Year 4 and receive weekly tuition from a member of the Durham Music Service. As they gain in confidence, they will be invited to join a band which meets at Tanfield School.
The children will also work with visiting musicians at school in Workshops and on topic days. This will contribute to a sense of belonging within both the school and the wider community.
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