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.

"Pastoral care for pupils and their families is strong. Pupils feel well cared for because leaders and staff go out of their way to help and support them."

Ofsted report, 2022

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

Young Voices  - Year 6 leapt at the chance to take part in the Young Voices project this year. Having learnt a collection of (pretty tricky) songs, they headed into London to take part in a massive performance at the O2. You can find out more about their adventures here.


Our KS2 Show - We've started getting ready for this year's production of We Will Rock You. For an idea of what it'll be like, take a look back at last year's incredible performance of Aladdin, with a cast of 150 all getting into costume and singing with great power and energy. 

Early Years Admissions  

If you're looking for a place in Nursery or Reception, you can find out lots more about our school in our Early Years Prospectus.

We're always keen to show potential new applicants around - just get in touch with the school office to arrange a tour. 

Once you're ready to apply, head to the admissions page to find out more about the process - we run Nursery admissions ourselves, but from Reception upwards, these need to be made via Herts County Council.