At Bishop John Robinson CofE Primary school, we recognise the vital role played by music in helping children be part of a community, as it provides a vital channel for joining in learning. In light of this, we aim to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, present and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and class presentations, children will be able to express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with awareness of others. It will also serve as a fun way of remembering God’s word and promises when they gather with others or are alone. The music lessons will enable children to develop their skills, listen to and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, as well as begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
It is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience. As such, we will encourage all children, no matter ability, to participate in a variety of musical experiences. They will also learn and play various musical instruments, through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We aim to develop the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing and playing songs, children can learn about the structure and organisation of music. At BJR, we will focus on helping our children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons, when representing different feelings and narrative perspectives. We also aim to teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.