Music in the curriculum
Music is an important part of life at Great Binfields Primary School. In our EYFS classrooms, it is very much a part of everyday activities: singing songs, playing instruments and experimenting with making sounds, with practical experience being at the centre. Years 1 and 2 enjoy weekly music lessons taught by, our music specialist, Mrs Irons. Sessions, linked to class topics, are mainly practical in nature, with children singing and playing a variety of tuned and untuned percussion. Children learn to control sounds through singing, playing, rehearsing and performing with others. They develop their own musical ideas through improvising and composing and learn how to appraise music by talking and responding through art and movement. Children are given opportunities to listen to a wide variety of music including that from different cultures.
Children in Year 3 take part in Listen2Me, a Hampshire Music Service initiative which gives the children the opportunity to learn an instrument for the term. In the past, they have enjoyed lessons in clarinet, violin, African drums, brass and ukulele to name a few. At the end of each term the children perform to their parents in a special concert hosted by the Listen2Me teacher. From year 4 through to year 6, music is again taught by Mrs Irons, our music specialist. Sessions are thematically linked to class topics and extend, develop and challenge the skills learnt within Key Stage 1. Children listen, sing, play, compose, notate and appraise music in a weekly session during one half of the term. Where children learn an instrument, they are encouraged to use them in their weekly lessons whenever possible.
Once a week each key stage joins together for a music themed assembly. This consists of singing songs appropriate to the seasonal, religious or school calendar. During this assembly we also encourage any child learning an instrument to perform in front of their peers. We find this gives our children the opportunity to practise and perform for a real purpose and also gives the rest of the school a chance to develop their skills as an audience. Extra curricular activities are encouraged at Great Binfields and music is no exception. We have 2 active choirs, a boys only music club and a school orchestra. With each club we find opportunities within and outside of our school community to perform and share our love of music. Each year, children in our choir take part in a production staged by the Basingstoke Primary Schools’ Music group, held at the Anvil, Basingstoke. This event is also open to children who play instruments at Grade 1 level and above.
We subscribe to the Hampshire Music Service for planning and resource support to strengthen our provision in school further and received a glowing evaluation in our HMS Music Audit last year. Mrs Irons receives regular CPD from Hampshire Music Service in order to build upon already effective teaching strategies and skills. Please see their external website for more information about this organisation: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic.
All children at Great Binfields have the opportunity to take up an instrument if they wish. This is provided by Hampshire Music Service, Mrs Myles and The Rock & Pop Foundation at a cost to parents. We are able to financially support children in their music making, for example, those who benefit from the Pupil Premium or grants from charitable trusts.
Please ask the school office for more details of any of our musical opportunities.
Recent Musical events at our school
Each term, our year 3 children share their Listen2Me performance with their parents. This year we have been treated to brass, ukulele and samba. Our peripatetic pupils attended the Showcase Concert at The Anvil in March and both groups were quite rightly proud of their achievements . We regularly have live demos from HMS - the latest experiences being vocal and brass back in the Spring term. The children of Great Binfields were also treated to a wonderful musical concert as Rob, from The Rock and Pop foundation, showed off the talents of his pupils during our weekly music assembly. Here are some photos to show you just how fantastic the children who played their instruments were. The audience were in awe of their skills and many children left the hall feeling inspired to learn to play an instrument themselves. A big well done to all of those children who performed and thank you to the parents who came along to support. We are now looking forward to our big event of the year.... the BPSM annual performance - our choir, instrumentalists and dancers perform infront of other schools and the public.