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Music at Belton All Saints

It is our aim that all of our children have access to a high quality music education. All children are able to 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 musicians.

Our Statement of Intent for Music can be found at the bottom of this page.

At Belton All Saint Church of England Primary School, the Music curriculum is taught to all children from Nursery to Year 6. We have tailored our Music Curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of all of our children. We incorporate The New Model Music Curriculum and deploy North Lincolnshire Music Hub Music Specialists to help us to deliver the aims of the National Curriculum.

The New Model Music Curriculum 2021 states that:

Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.

How we teach Music at our School

At Belton All Saints have adopted the scheme Charanga to support and improve the quality of music teaching that children receive at our school. Charanga works seamlessly with the national curriculum ensuring that learners revisit the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, voice, pitch and rhythm- building upon previous learning and skills. The learning within this Scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising, Musical Activities, creating and exploring and singing and performing.  

Music is taught as a separate subject, but links may be made to other learning such as the children’s topic work for that term. All learners from EYFS to Y6 receive a weekly music lesson supported by Charanga. KS2 learners are taught music for approximately 1 hour a week and Key stage 1 for 30 minutes a week.

The Charanga music scheme allows children to experience a new topic and style of music every half term. Lessons provide children with the opportunity to listen and respond to different styles of music, use their voices and instruments to listen and sing back and have a go at composing their own piece of music. The lessons are planned so that each year children follow on from the learning they completed the previous year and clear progression is evident across the school.

Our progression map for Muisc can be found here

In addition to the taught music curriculum learners listen to a range of music styles and genres in Act of Worship, as well as having a Choral assembly every week. 

In Year 3 and 4 children learn a musical instrument. This is something that is additional to their weekly charanga lesson and is provided by the Music Hub. Children spend the first few weeks learning about the instrument they are going to play and also have a chance to practice the notes and rhythm.. Year 3 and 4 children also have the opportunity to perform for teachers and families in both Spring and Summer. 

In Key Stage 2 children attending Choir Club - Belton Singers can also enjoy a trip to Young Voices. Children taking part in YV have the opportunity to perform in some of the world’s greatest arenas alongside incredible artists. To achieve this with all their school friends around them for support, it helps their self-belief, self-motivation, confidence, and ability to communicate as part of a team - which is invaluable! Young Voices provide online resources so that children can practise at home to support the rehearsals they are doing in school. Their songs are selected from a wide range of music styles to give the children the widest learning experience possible. The Young Voices experience is not simply a children’s choir concert, these are the largest children’s choir concert's in the world. Choirs will perform alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to capacity audiences of family and friends.

We have been proud to be awarded The Music Mark award in October 2022.as a result of providing quality Music Education for the children at Belton All Saints.

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World Music Day

We had a fantastic day celebrating World Music Day in June this year. It was wonderful to hear lots of different kinds of music drifting across school. Early years listened to different types of music, the children loved Handel’s water music and played instruments to the pulse. They could pick out the trumpets, flutes, violins and drums. Key Stage 1 made Djembe drums and listened to music from all over Africa. They performed some African dance moves and played percussion instruments with African music. Year 3, looked at different French composers and studied the instrument the French Horn. Year 4 learned to dance the Samba, they made carnival masks and then made Amazon tribal drumming patterns. Years 5 and 6 had great fun learning to line dance.