Music at Blakehill

At Blakehill we strive to provide a high quality music education, that engages and inspires all pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. At Blakehill the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences, to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.  
The music curriculum ensures that children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in class lessons as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
The Charanga scheme of work is used from Reception to Year 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. The scheme is aligned in terms of listening, notation, skills and year by year progression to the Model Music Curriculum. 
In addition, children at Blakehill are given the opportunity to learn to play recorder, guitar and Ukelele taught by a music specialist.
At Christmas they can participate in singing events in the community, for example The Walking Nativity, The Idle Christmas Lights Switch On, and Carol Singing in the Community.
Children can sing together and perform to parents and families at Christmas in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and in the Year 6 Leaver's Performance. 
Children will regularly listen to high quality live and recorded music, for example in our 'Learn To Rock'  and 'Rock Steady' concerts and our visiting musicians. 
Children may take part in drumming lessons to build skills, self-esteem and confidence and with the opportunity to perform to pupils and parents. 
At Blakehill our music provision will impact our children in many positive ways. Our children will become musical, creative pupils. They will show a rapidly widening repertoire which they will use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work. They will develop a musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise. They will demonstrate very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres, and an excellent understanding of how the historical, social and cultural origins of music contributes to the diversity of musical style. Children will have ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately. Children will be able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, either as listener, creator or performer, showing a passion for and a commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.