Our Music Curriculum
We believe that the arts are extremely important in giving children the opportunity to express themselves and develop interest and talents in non-academic subjects. For this reason a large proportion of our curriculum budget is spent on Music.
We employ two music teachers, one to teach weekly music lessons to the children in Nursery and Reception and another who teaches a weekly music lesson to children in Y1 to Y6. The 2014 Music National Curriculum is taught to children during these sessions
In addition to this children have weekly instrument lessons in Y1 to Y5. We value music so much and the opportunities that it provides our children that we devote two lessons a week to music from Y1 to Y6. This starts in Year 1 where they play the African drums each week and this continues into Year 2.
In Y3 all children start to learn to play the recorder which they continue to develop in Y4 as whole class lessons. They can then continue this in smaller groups in Y5. Once children are in Y5 and Y6 they learn to play the guitar.
We also have a weekly whole school music assembly which is a joy to take part in! Songs from a range of genres and cultures are learned and performed at these assemblies.
All these lessons, clubs and groups are all taught by specialist qualified and talented musicians rather than class teachers in order that our children get as much as possible from these sessions.
The highlight of the year is our annual Summer Music Festival where everyone performs to the entire school community in our playground. Each year we are very lucky as the sun always shines for us!
Wednesday Music Centre
Globe, our partner school hosts a Wednesday Music Centre run by the Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) which some of our children attend.
This is open to children between 7 and 13 years old who are at the early stages of learning string, woodwind or brass instruments, and who are already receiving instrumental lessons during the week. Students play in either a string or wind ensemble in the first part of the session and then join together to play as a full orchestra for the second part of the session. There is also a choir.
There is a concert at the end of every term for students to showcase their musicianship, as well as further performance opportunities and projects, including working with creative partners.
To be eligible children must live, or attend school, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The first term is free to new members and currently the charge is £3 per week. Reductions are available for a second child (or more) to attend.
THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service) Contact Details
Tel: 020 7364 0431
Applications to join the centre are available in the link below:
Wednesday Music Centre Application Form
Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage
At Bangabandhu we believe strongly that music is not a creative add-on but an essential part of our learning tool kit.
It is part of our learning every day in Early Years Foundation stage. Our goal is to enable teachers and pupils to share the positive and beneficial effects of music, and to make it an integral part of the curriculum, starting from Foundation Stage. Music is used in so many areas of learning with speech, language, numeracy and memory all benefiting from active participation in music. Music builds personal and social skills, confidence and self-esteem, and aids all areas of a child’s development, and so teaching it with confidence and pleasure is taken seriously!
Music is fun, and teaching music to children is fun as long as you enjoy what you’re doing, the children will as well.
We have an Early Years music teacher, Corin Pennington who has been teaching music in Early Years settings for nearly 20 years. He runs Learning Curve Music, an early years music education service, has published a collection of songs as a book and CD, and is developing his YouTube channel. Corin has extensive experience of working with children with special educational needs and teaches within our specialist speech and language classes also. His resources and teaching videos are all on the shared files and are used by staff when he is not here.
We try to use as many different types of traditional, contemporary and original music and songs from around the globe, aiming to find something that everyone will enjoy and embrace. The songs and materials change throughout the year reflecting learning themes, seasons etc, and we have regular concerts for the parents as well as fantastic celebration assemblies. Basic instrument playing, rhythm games and improvisation using a variety of instruments from all parts of the world, is a fantastic gateway to different musical forms and styles. We also make instruments from recycled materials with the children, which not only gives them “ownership” of an instrument but also introduces the idea that music can come from everywhere. We make extensive use of signing (mainly Makaton), as we know the power and importance of signing as one of the communication skills. Gestures are a natural accompaniment to music, often preceded by speech, and allows non-verbal children to participate. This is also a natural stepping stone to using music in PE, Dance and all areas of movement.
Here is an example of some of Corin's songs.
How we learn the alphabet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04FgCyYUZbw&t=29s
A fun simple and complex rhythm song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wW6RGnewg4
The all-time favourite exercise song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZUMrfL6j8c&t=14s
One of our seasonal songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf9C7UwChBE&t=44s
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum Maps
Here is an overview of what we teach in class music lessons as well as in our instrument lessons.
Curriculum Maps (Intent)
Here is our class music lessons map for this academic year.