Music


We believe that music is an incredibly powerful form of communication that can shape the way we feel, think and act. Quality music teaching helps the body and the mind work together. It also provides a huge range of opportunities to develop our learning powers, particularly curiosity, empathy and co-operation. To find out more about what we teach and how learnng fits together, take a look at our skills and knowledge progression:  

The aim of our Music curriculum

We believe that music is an incredibly powerful form of communication that can shape the way we feel, think and act. Quality music teaching helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to discover their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school. 

Our curriculum (which is built around the Charanga Music School programme) ensures that our children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. This broad diet of works, covering everything from baroque to Adele, develops an understanding, appreciation and respect for all types of music and the range of emotions and meanings that it can convey. 

We also believe in the importance of performance, both to give value to music learning and to provide experiences that our children would not otherwise have access to. We therefore take part in a wide range of music projects (such as Young Voices at the O2 and the Hertfordshire Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall), as well as producing ambitious, high quality school productions involving every member of Years 3-6.

"Bedwell Primary is a very caring and inclusive school. Pupils are proud of their school and behave well."

Ofsted report, 2018

Experiences we want every child to have at Bedwell:
  • Sing on stage to a (large) audience, both through school productions and projects such as Young Voices and the Herts Music Gala 
  • Learn to play a musical instrument over an extended period of time, and be given opportunities to develop this further if desired 
  • Create and perform songs using a variety of instruments and technology 
  • Perform a large-scale muscial with peers, using microphones, staging, costume etc to produce a high quality production 
  • Visit large venues (eg. concert theatres) and see professional musicians perform 
  • Meet professional composers and musicians and talk to them about how they construct new works, learn new instruments, rehearse and perform.
This term's learning

Year 6 - Falcon class leapt at the chance to take part in the Young Voices project in the Spring. Having learnt a collection of (pretty tricky) songs, they headed down to the O2 for an amazing day! Our choir took their place alongside over 6000 other children and spent the afternoon rehearsing their songs, as well as the accompanying dance moves… And then, as if all that wasn’t enough, it was time for the performance proper, when another 13,000 audience members, a few special celebrity guests and a massive light show was added to the mix.  

 

Year 5 and 6Eagle class also took part in the Herts Music Gala in the Spring term, which gave them the chance to sing at the world famous Royal Albert Hall!