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 and composing 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.
In addition, children at Blakehill are given the opportunity to learn to play 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 togetherand perform with different schools by attending ‘Young Voices’
Children can sing and perform to parents and families at Christmas in EYFS, KS1, 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' 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.
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.
We have developed strong links within the local community and support St Cuthbert’s Walking Nativity. We also perform 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!
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.
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'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.
On our way there!
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.
Lots of parents came to join in.
We carried the Christingles in.
There were readings.
There were carols too.
Our KS1 Nativity Production was called The Inn- spectors! We learned to sing lots of songs, and some of us played musical instruments too!
The Angel Gabriel sang a solo.
Our Dazzling Star sang a solo!
We sang about the Three Wise Men.
We played instruments to accompany the songs.
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'.
Singing 'Way Back In Hamelin'
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.
We tries to guess what this was.
We enjoyed listening to 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!
Our new drummers!
Our new choir!
We have started to learn some Christmas Carols.
We all love singing!
The Choir sang at Morrisons today. We raised money for the 'Candlelighters' Charity.
'Rock Steady' came to perform for us today! We love listening to live music.
We are proud of this award.
Bradford Cathedral came to visit Year 2 and Year 3 children. We did lots of singing. Some of the children were given a Golden Ticket which meant they were invited to sing with the choir.
Rock Steady came to school today to do some workshops. Some of us had the chance to play in a band. We had two keyboard players, two singers, a drummer and a guitarist.
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Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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