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Barton St Lawrence have been awarded ARTSMARK by Trinity College London in recognition of our outstanding teaching and learning in the creative arts!


Music plays an important part in the life of the school. The children share their musical talents regularly and enjoy taking part in musical productions. Music is part of the daily act of worship with the children listening to pieces of music and singing. As well as composing and playing, children learn about different types of worldwide music and also study work by a variety of composers.

Playhouse Musical Performance

Children from KS2 have been performing SAMBA rhythms at the Playhouse Theatre, Preston to a full house. It was a great night and by all accounts they were 'brilliant!'

Extra-curricular opportunities:

Children throughout the school will have the chance to participate in at least six sessions of extra-curricular musical activities every year. We believe that these less formal opportunities for musical support, allow children to develop their unique and individual style and interests. The clubs allow more scope for ideas to be contributed, as well as consolidating what is taught through the music curriculum. 

Able, Gifted and Talented opportunities:

Please see the 'Creative Arts' Policy for more information on how we cater for more able children in the arts. in addition to this, we work closely with Broughton Music Academy who help us to develop the talents of our young musicians. 

National Curriculum for Music

Each year group will plan from the National Curriculum document and will cover all of statutory requirements for that key stage. The objectives will be revisited and reviewed in a progressive way through each year group. Please see below the learning that each key stage will cover. Exemplified objectives for each year group can be found on the class pages in the form of the half-termly topic webs.

The national curriculum for music aims 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 
 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 
 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.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 at Barton St Lawrence, we use charanga music school to support all aspects of music and the new curriculum at Key Stage 1. 'Recorder World' is also used in year 2 to teach children the basics of how to play the recorder, staff and alternative notation, as well as improvisation and composition. Charanga also provides the children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World. 

By the end of  Key stage 1 pupils at Barton St Lawrence will have:

 used their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
 played tuned and untuned instruments musically
 listened with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
 experimented with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

These objectives will be taught through both year 1 and year 2.

Key stage 2
Children in Key Stage 2 are currently taught by Broughton Music Academy. They will spend six weeks continuing to learn the recorder, and then spend the rest of year learning to play a range of percussion instruments, predominantly based upon SAMBA rhythms.  Each lesson the children will  be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

By the end of  Key stage 2 pupils at Barton St Lawrence will have:
 played and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical  instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression (years 3, 4, 5, 6)
 improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music (years 3, 4, 5, 6)
 listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory (years 3, 4, 5, 6)
 use and understand staff and other musical notations (Autumn 1 2014 years 4, 5, 6)
 appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians (Autumn 1 2014 years 4, 5, 6)
 develop an understanding of the history of music (Autumn 1 2014 years 4, 5, 6)

Music Topics Covered by Year Group 

Listen to the compositions recorded by Year 4