Music at Burradon Community Primary School takes its aim from part of our core values:
Care and respect yourself, other people, our school and the wider world.
Stay safe, make sensible choices and do things that make you happy.
Our aims in teaching music are to:
Implementation: Teaching and Learning
“We draw grids on our whiteboards and do our own notes on them like quavers and crotchets.” Year 5 pupil
“We’ve been learning dynamics, pitch, pulse, rhythm and tempo.” Year 4 pupil
“I've really enjoyed it and Charlotte is great. It's really helped me in terms of reading music and knowing what the different notes are, how many beats etc. Also I realised how easy it is for children to compose music using their bodies. The children seem to have loved it!” Year 5 teacher.
The children take part in a singing/hymn assembly every week. Mrs Baty, the subject leader, takes the assembly every Wednesday and is currently focussing on traditional hymns and for the children to get used to singing as a whole school once again.
"I like it when we do Christmas songs, they're really fun!" Y4 pupil
"I enjoy listening to the music at the start, it's sometimes really calm." Y2 pupil.
A school choir club has provided opportunities in the past for keen singers to be part of a fun, active group which often leads to a performance on a larger scale such as 'Angels of the North' concert at The Sage, Gateshead or a Vocal Celebration within the Local Authority.
We follow Charanga as our main music scheme. We have chosen to follow the model music curriculum so staff can focus on the skills required in order for the children to make the most progress, given that the children have not sang and played instruments during COVID.