Each class has music lessons within the school timetable. In KS1 and KS2, all the children have the opportunity to learn either the recorder and/or glockenspiel. We ensure that all strands of the music curriculum are taught: playing and performing; listening and appraising; composing and improvising; notation and the history of music. Where possible, the teaching of music is linked to the half-termly topic. For example, when our Year 3 and 4 pupils study 'The Battle of Britain' in history, the children learn to sing songs from World War Two. We also ensure that every half term, the children learn about a specific composer and a style of music. If music does not link to the topic, we follow the units from 'Charanga Music' which ensures that the children are performing, composing, improvising and listening. Charanga music covers music from a variety of styles, from classical to rock and organises music lessons around a particular song.
At Barrowford St Thomas we pride ourselves on the singing which takes place. Singing is a part of every music lesson. As a church school, we also see singing hymns as an important factor within our worship and a means of collectively praising the word of God. The warmth and depth of feeling behind the children’s singing is certainly moving and gives everyone a feeling of togetherness and enjoyment.
At our school we strongly believe that all children should be given as many opportunities as possible to develop their musical talents. Currently we are lucky to have three music specialists who offer extra musical provision in violin, guitar and piano.
We also offer a lunchtime choir led by Mrs Tomlinson and an after-school ‘Singing Club’ led by Mrs Duckworth which is a club created for all children from Y2 to Y6 who enjoy singing, regardless of ability. The Singing Group has performed in school, parents, in Nelson Market, Barrowford Booths and Barrowford Library.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The Music Subject Leader is Mrs Duckworth