"music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand." stevie wonder
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.
Through the teaching of music at Westbury Park, we aim to instill a passion for the subject within the children. Giving children the opportunity to experience music in a variety of ways is essential: singing, playing an instrument, body percussion, listening to pieces, composing music- we believe there is something for all children to appreciate and enjoy within this rich and exciting subject.
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.
At Westbury Park, whole class music lessons are taught peripatetically by a music specialist who follows the Teachtool Scheme of Work. The Music Leader also supports them in the planning, knowledge and teaching of music. Teachers are encouraged to integrate the music curriculum into other projects which may link to their cross curricular projects. In addition, Westbury Park has links with the hub at Bristol Beacon, formerly Bristol Plays Music Partnership.
Please see the overviews for more detail about the objectives covered.
Children leave Westbury Park with the confidence to experiment with music. They have an awareness of pitch, dynamics and structure and can use the subject specific vocabulary. They understand how musical history and musicians of interest have played a part in history and in the world of music today. Beyond the classroom, children are celebrated for their musical efforts and children can express themselves with their voices and knowledge of music.
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.
We have singing assemblies once a week and also rehearse 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.
KS2 choir performing at St George's
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
key stage two choir
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.
Our school ensemble is run by Ella Foster on a Monday 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.
There are many performance opportunities at Westbury Park and can vary from year to year. Typically, there is a Nativity Play in Reception, Christmas show in year 1, in year 2 a Christmas sing along is organised by Bristol Beacon as well as Spiegeltent and Summer production. In KS2, year 3 explore Samba drumming and a 10 week Fast for music programme. Year 4 have the opportunity to play as part of a steel band and perform in a concert at Colston Hall. In the Spring, Year 5 perform a Shakespeare Rocks concert. There are many opportunities to perform in Year 6 including a summer production involving songs.with different parts. Finally, there are many more workshops and concerts organised throughout the year by Bristol Beacon.