Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
During our normal curriculum, pupils have access to a wide variety of instruments in school including djembes, recorders, ocarinas, samba drums, ukuleles, beat boards, glockenspiels and keyboards! Pupils in Year 4 experience half-a-terms worth of class instrumental tuition on brass instruments and dohl drums. Upper Key Stage 2 use the Apple Mac computers and Garage Band to record and create their own compositions and by Year 6 pupils choose an area in which to specialise and develop in class bands. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are currently unable to offer this in school.
We have experienced visiting instrumental staff, offering specialist lessons on brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, drum kit, keyboard and guitar. This service is offered through Bedford Music Co-operative and can be booked through their website linked below.
Our extra-curricular activities over the academic year include musical theatre, music technology club, orchestra, composition club, ukulele orchestra, choir, gospel choir, rock band as well as practice sessions held at lunchtimes. The school choir has been particularly successful winning awards and competitions. Currently, these are not on offer in school due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Pupils at Putnoe Primary School have the opportunity to engage in performances, competitions and high quality musical experiences regularly.
Below are two links that can provide our pupils with ways to extend their learning in music:
Below is a recording of one of our Talented Musician award winners, Sebastian Tekell-Mellor, playing Triple Tango. Along with his teacher Eddie Morgan and Miss Booth.
There are also some audio files linked to Musical Theatre.
If you too would like to learn an instrument, please visit the Bedfordshire Music Cooperative website (linked above), to sign up!
Curriculum Adaptations for September 2020/2021
The long-term plan has been adapted so that it is ‘Covid Safe’. The Music Room is no longer used for class music lessons, with learning instead taking place in the classroom bubbles. To facilitate the use of instruments and maintain class bubbles, classes are currently having “music days”. Children are given specific instruments and resources to use in lessons which are cleaned before and after use. Each class has a day per half term devoted to a piece of music that pupils listen and respond to in various ways. The day typically includes composing, notation and performing as well as getting an understanding of the context of the piece, composer and musicians.
No whole class wind/brass or singing is happening in school currently.
Instrumental lessons have been supplemented by school to allow children to continue learning with only pupils from their class bubbles.