At St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, we want every child to be able to link, both mentally and spiritually with music in both collective worship and musical lessons. By listening to a wide variety of musical genres, and learning to sing and play many different songs throughout their time in school, we want children to develop a curiosity for music, encouraging them to develop their own musical passions outside of school. Using music and performance across the curriculum, will in turn increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement, allowing our children to be happy in their learning and increase their enjoyment in school. By developing a strong base of music within school, children will be able to:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

As stated in the national curriculum. 

Curriculum - Music

Curriculum - Music - Useful Links

Accuradio: a free radio station, full of a range of music organised by composer or genre. Find the World of Williams channel to hear a fantastic range of music from the movies that you love. 

BBC Bitesize: A great range of explanation videos, discussing everything you need to know about music, how it is written, performed and arranged. A great start when thinking about writing your own songs! 

BC Ten Pieces: 40 pieces of music, with accompanying videos, explaining the music and the composers. A fascinating look at how, and why the composers wrote the music and how the music works. 

Classical 100: 100 of the best pieces of classical music ever written. This free resource, (but you have to register) has been put together as pieces of music all children should have heard. Every piece of music also has a task to think about whilst you are listening or once you have heard it. 


Curriculum - Music - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

The children in Year 5 have been looking at the song, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and each class has written their own lines about the school. Have a listen, I think they have done really well! Well done Class 16! 


Curriculum - Music - Rainforest Sounds with LaLa

Class 11 had an excellent time with LaLa from Artis in Music! We had fun making rainforest sounds which we then turned into a piece of music. We can’t wait to see what fun we’ll have in music next week!


Curriculum - Music - Beaters

Class 12 have been working with Lala to produce a piece of music using any objects around the classroom. They used beaters to hit books, trays, dice and a variety of other objects. They also made sounds by stroking the sides of objects or adding smaller objects and making them rattle. 


Curriculum - Music - Rainforest Sounds

Year 4 have been working with Lala to produce rainforest sounds using instruments.  They have learnt about creating a crescendo (getting to the loudest point) and then using a diminuendo (getting to the quietest point) and including them in their performance.  


Curriculum - Music - Rainforest 'Boomerang' Videos

Class 12 have been continuing to their work making rainforest sounds. They have been using instruments to make the sound of the rain.


Curriculum - Music - Rocksteady (Mar 2022)

A great performance from our Rocksteady bands. They were amazing! After only 10, half hour practices, the two bands each performed a song. A massive well done to them all for their commitment and attitude to the performance. I can’t wait to see what they produce next term! 


Curriculum - Music - Rocksteady (Dec 2021)

Year 4 experienced some live music. The children were given the opportunity to play the instruments and create their own rock band. 


Curriculum - Music - African Drumming & Steel Pans

We have been learning about Black History and we were lucky enough to be able to attend an African drumming session with a visitor from outside of school. The children learnt about where the drums came from and how to use them. We have also had some fun steel pan workshops!


Curriculum - Music - Flutes

Children in class 15 have impressed Mr Needham with their flute playing. Class 15 rehearsed hot cross buns and then performed it. Well done!


Curriculum - Music - Artis Foundation

Class 16 thoroughly enjoyed working with La La. Children began with warm-up drama skills and then continued rehearsing their news reader presentations before performing them to the rest of the class. Well done children. (Artis Foundation Website).


Curriculum - Music - Glockenspiels (Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

Year 5 have enjoyed rehearsing and performing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air - singing and playing glockenspiels. Children also enjoyed completing warm-up exercises. Well done Class 14.


Curriculum - Music - Favourite Songs

Year 5 revisited their favourite songs from across the year, chose the the instruments they wanted to play and sang along sometimes two or three times as they enjoyed them that much! 


Curriculum - Music - How Does Music Improve Our World?

Class 15 began their music topic:  How does Music Improve Our World?  Children enjoyed listening to Disco Fever and discussing how the song is structured, singing the song and also performing the song using glockenspiels.