Music is an important part of the curriculum at Burraton and often provides a window that communicates the positive ethos of our school.
It is taught by a specialist music teacher and class teachers and provides a wealth of creative opportunities which help to build confidence, creative empathy and team building. Music at Burraton often links with other curriculum areas and helps to contextualise historical events or themes in writing.
Children are given varying opportunities for singing, creative themed composition, song arranging, movement, percussion and instrumental work, listening activities and sound exploration. They are encouraged to perform in a variety of contexts and given learning themes which will enable them to experiment, rehearse, perform and improve.
There are numerous occasions throughout the school year for children to present performances in the form of class assemblies, musical assemblies, Christmas productions and carol services and a number of one-off events which have included workshops with professional musicians, instrumental demonstrations, talent presentations, year group instrumental tuition, orchestra concerts and song lyric composing.
Children are taught and encouraged to use correct musical vocabulary and they are presented with activities in which they can develop their understanding of musical elements and genre.
We achieve high standards in music by presenting the children with challenging material whist at the same time providing a safe environment in which they are happy to make mistakes, rehearse and evaluate.
All our children sing together regularly in weekly singing assemblies and our choirs of children in years 2 and 6 help to lead these up-beat assemblies. In the Summer Term children from year 5 also have the opportunity to sing in one of the KS/2 choirs.
We also have a school orchestra which meets weekly during two terms - usually the Autumn and Summer terms. There are opportunities for musical club activities, which have included African drumming, percussion and recorders.
Our music team consists of our Music Leader and a number of specialist instrumental teachers who work at school to provide quality teaching in a variety of instruments including violin, piano, keyboard and drums. Our visiting instrumental teachers have been selected for their high quality delivery of instrumental music.
We have a large stock of musical resources, including tuned and untuned percussion instruments, keyboards, pianos, guitars, drum kits and other instruments and these are arranged in areas around the school and easily accessible by the children. We also frequently use equipment to record rehearsals and group work in order for pupils to re-visit and evaluate their musical learning.