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Barnby Road Academy

‘Where everyone is able to achieve their best’


Music at Barnby Road


At Barnby Road we will ensure that music is experienced throughout the school and that all children have opportunities to express themselves musically and perform. Progressive weekly singing sessions, lead by a specialist musician, are accessed by all children from Nursery through to Year 6 which displays Barnby’s intent that all children experience the benefits and joy of singing.  All year groups sing in our annual Christmas celebration concert to enable the experience of performance and to feel part of our local Barnby Road community.


All children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learn an instrument as a whole class (recorder/ukulele) and there are opportunities for children to choose to learn a wide range of instruments and progress through external musical grades during Key Stage 2. Opportunities to join choirs and musical ensembles, including the school orchestra, are open to Key stage 2 children. Children will learn to compose using percussion and graphic scores in Key stage one, using recorders and staff notation in Years 3 and 4 and using chord symbols and ukuleles in Years 5 and 6,


Children will listen to and respond to a wide range of musical genres and ensembles. Opportunities for children to hear live music will be available regularly, both from our own ensembles, visits from secondary schools and from visiting professional musicians. Barnby Road will contribute musically to community events in the local area such as carol concerts, performing at our local hospital and entering and performing in local music competitions.


Music at Barnby Road will ensure that pupils make progress through each year group, acquiring and applying key knowledge, so that they at least meet the agreed age expectations in a subject and develop a life long passion about the importance of the creative arts.