Music Curriculum at Blakehill

At Blakehill, we provide all pupils with a range of opportunities to become involved in Music.

All classes receive a weekly music lesson which provide teaching and learning activities with schemes of work linked to the National Curriculum 2014. Years 5 and 6 are taught to play tuned instruments including guitar and ukulele by a Music Specialist which results in pupils performing to the whole school in assembly. Each year group chooses a composer or musician to study throughout the year.

School Choir

We are very proud of our school choir who participate in many local and national events.  We are enthusiastic participants of the Young Voices Choir and have performed at several annual University Graduation Ceremonies.

The choir also joins other schools within our Local Schools Partnership to  perform songs as part of the Big Sing Production. We have developed strong links within the local community and support St Cuthbert’s Walking Nativity ensemble, performing carols in the church at Christmas time. In addition to this, the choir actively seek opportunities to perform, singing at local nursing homes, shopping centres, Summer Fairs and even weddings!

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Extra-curricular clubs

The pupils at Blakehill are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra- curricular activities. Clubs and activities run throughout the year and can be accessed by all children throughout the week. These include: keyboard lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, the school choir, Little Berries Theatre and Music sessions, the annual Blakehill’s Got Talent show and end of year productions. 


Links with other schools and organisations

The school regularly welcomes enhanced opportunities to engage with music making at all levels (i.e school prom/large scale events) and has developed links with local Secondary Schools.

We enjoyed listening and dancing to Bhangra music in our after school Dance Club
'Learn To Rock' came to school to do some drumming workshops with our children.Year 5 were very lucky to have the opportunity to take part.
Mr Froud from St Cuthbert's Church came into school today to tell us a story about asking for help when you need it. There was a song of course! We all enjoyed joining in and singing together as a school.
2S had their turn at drumming today!
Our choir sang Christmas carols at Morrisons today. We had a big audience.
We sounded great!
Mr Pilkington and KS2 guitar lessons.
Some of us have key board lessons.
Years 5 and 6 had their Christingle Service St St Cuthbert's Church. The singing was beautiful.
Our KS1 Nativity Production was called The Inn- spectors! We learned to sing lots of songs, and some of us played musical instruments too!
We are very proud to have received this certificate.
Young Voices 2019
On Wednesday 9th January our Young Voices Choir travelled to the Fly DSA arena at Sheffield to perform along side over 4,000 other primary school pupils in one of the Young Voices 2019 concerts. Singing with acts such as Tony Hadley ( Spandau Ballet), Sharlene Hector ( lead vocalist of Basement Jaxx) and Beau Dermott (Britain’s Got Talent 2016 gold buzzer contestant and )finalist the children sang under the instruction of lead conductor David Lawrence and sounded amazing! 
We have a Drama club after school. We did some warm up techniques and then started learning a song. Our production is going to be called 'The Piper'.
Drumming Workshops
This week has seen the start of a 10 week workshop with "Learn to Rock" for some of our children in Key Stage 2 - they really enjoyed their first session and can't wait until their session next week
These are some of our comments about drumming!
Ella- "I feel happy when I'm drumming!"
Isabelle- "When I get back to class after drumming I want to do more work!"
Jack- "I feel proud of myself because I'm learning new things"
Ethan- " I feel like I've got stuff off my shoulders after I've been drumming"
Rees- "When I'm sad drumming cheers me up- it makes me want to do other things which I wouldn't do"
Amber- "I feel good when I'm drumming"
Taylor- " I feel excited when I'm drumming, and you never know what you like until you try it"
Elana- 2- "I like doing the spider"
Alfie- "I like doing the caterpillar. It makes me feel amazing when I go back to class"
Gurneet- "I enjoyed everything!"
Harley- "I've enjoyed learning"
Jacob- "It's fun and exciting to do drumming!"
Harvey- "It makes me feel a bit happy actually"
Elijah- "I feel free when I'm drumming and calm when I go back to the classroom"
Evie- "I feel proud and happy"
Mia- "I've enjoyed learning different stuff"
Jacey - "I've enjoyed everything" 
We had a special assembly  today where we learnt about the French Horn, Oboe, Clarinet and Flute. We listened to some beautiful live music and had the opportunity  to ask  lots of questions. Our favourite instrument was the French Horn. Do you know that if it was unravelled it would stretch for 4 metres! 
Look at how we've progressed! We can't wait to show parents and governors at our performance!
We all enjoyed our performance and listening to live music!
The children in Y2 have been learning about the composer Prokofiev. He was Russian, and he composed the music for a story called Peter and the Wolf. We enjoyed listening to the story on a 'record player' and then we drew the characters and the musical instruments that represented them in the story.
Listening to live music!
We enjoyed the Zulu Warriors.
We love listening to live music! We were fascinated listening to brass instruments today. 
Some highlights from our drumming concert today!