music

"Music is a universal language should be accessible to all"

At Westbury Park school, it is our vision that children see themselves as musicians. We aim to provide a wealth of opportunities and experiences that engage and inspire children to develop a love of music throughout their primary school journey and beyond. 

Music is an intrinsic part of life at Westbury Park and we have an exciting and enriching curriculum which aims to promote participation and performance in singing and instrumental activities, foster the enjoyment and appreciation of music, encourage self-expression and self- confidence and develop confidence and skills in composing, communicating and recording.

Music is taught as a discrete subject in every year group but is celebrated as a whole school and teachers  also try to incorporate music into other subject areas to enhance learning.  All year groups are taught by a specialist music teacher who instils the elements of music into lessons, as well as teaching traditional notation reading skills and alternating between rhythmic notation activities and pitch notation practice.

 

Wherever possible, the Music Leader supports colleagues in the planning, knowledge and teaching of music through the use of Charanga Music School. Teachers are encouraged to use this alongside other projects which may link to their cross curricular projects.  In addition, Westbury Park has links with the hub at Bristol Plays Music Partnership. who also provide support.

Please see the overviews for more detail about the objectives covered. 

Curriculum 

singing

At Westbury Park, we love to sing! There are many ways you can get involved in singing! 

Our choir at Westbury Park has been going from strength to strength over the past few years. This is an un-auditioned group of 30 singers from Year 3-6 who sing a wide variety of songs from different musical styles and genres. They are encouraged to sing solos in our performances and are developing the skills of learning to sing in rounds and part harmonies. They perform for members of the community, including Meadowcare Nursing home and have helped to raise money for the charity at Southmead Hospital. In addition, they sing at St George’s and take part in city wide singing festivals.

                      Click here for some of the songs we are practicing!

We have singing assemblies once a week and also on a Friday. We have a composer of the week and like to learn about lots of different genres of music. We sing in unison, in parts and in rounds. Sometimes we sing in harmony.  

Click here for some of the songs we are practicing!

boys choir

Our boys choir is run by Mrs Burgess. This has been running for a few years now and the purpose of this group is to promote wellbeing and singing together as a group

KS2 choir performing at St George's

key stage two choir
singing assemblies

 All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic teachers. We currently have over 80 children learning an instrument. 

 

Children from Year 3 to Year 6 learn a range of instruments including violin, ‘cello, guitar, recorder, flute, clarinet, cornet, piano, drum kit.  Other instruments can be offered if requested e.g. horn, saxophone. 

 

This is managed entirely by Bristol Plays Music. Please contact them directly through their website for more information. They use the system 'speed admin to manage bookings and payment. 

 

Pupil Premium children can be funded by school and children who struggle to pay. Teachers are encouraged to enter children for ABSRM or equivalent exams is appropriate. 

individual lessons
orchestra

 Our school orchestra is run by Helen Stevens on a Tuesday after school in the hall. They have fun through musical games and play arrangements of music from a variety of genres, all written for different levels of ability. 

 

 

Throughout the year, the orchestra take part in many events in the greater community as well as performing to the school and parents at our Christmas and Summer concerts. There will also be opportunities for solo and small group performance. We look forward to welcoming existing and new members who have reached or are working towards Grade 1 on their instrument.

Reception: Nativity production 

Year 1:  Christmas show 

Year 2: Christmas sing organised by BPM- Spiegeltent  and Summer production

Year 3: 10 week Fast for music programme- samba drumming 

Year 4: Colston Hall concert
10 week Fast for music programme- Fast for music - steel pans 

Year 5: Ukulele lessons
Spring performance 

Year 6: Christmas panto production- involving songs that have different parts
Summer production

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