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Music

Primary

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are immersed in music as much learning takes place through songs. There is opportunity to explore sound through child initiated play with instruments. Students are assessed through the early learning outcomes. Teachers also use the Music Express scheme of learning.

Year 1 and 2

In Year 1 and 2, students still learn through songs. These aid memory skills and help students to remember key facts. The teachers teach music through the Music Express scheme of work. There are many opportunities to take part in musical activities, through co-curricular clubs and special music days. Students are given opportunities to experience music from other cultures as part of subject wow days. Through the Edison Learning Curriculum, there are often topics which include music. See below:

Year 1

Starry Night

(Arts) Art, music, dance

Listening to compositions

Exploring instruments

Rhymes leading to singing

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6, students sometimes learn through songs. These aid memory skills and help students to remember key facts. The teachers teach music through the Music Express scheme of work. There are many opportunities to take part in musical activities, through co-curricular clubs and special music days. Students are given opportunities to experience music from other cultures as part of subject wow days. There is specialist music tuition given to classes through the Bristol plays Music scheme and some students have tuition in clarinet, piano, violin and trumpet. Through the Edison Learning Curriculum, there are often topics which include music.

Year 3

The Games Children Play

Music Listening,

Appreciating,

Year 4

How do I see? How do I hear?

(4.3 we are musicians)

From a Railway Carriage

View from a railway carriage

Design the train of the future Exploring rhythms

Creating a soundtrack

Music performance Creating movement pattern

Creating a sequence of movement to soundtrack

Year 5

 

The Highwayman

Music Soundtrack with illustrations

Exploring percussion instruments

Creating a soundtrack

Performance

Year 6

The Lady of Shalott

Listen to Pavanes

Create a Pavane

Explore musical instruments Learning Pavane step

Learning/creating the dance

Perform the Pavane

Secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

Topics studied and content covered include:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  • In Years 7 to 9, music is a whistle stop tour of many musical styles and genres. Students study all types and styles of music from Hip-Hop to Baroque; Bhangra to Sonata Form, and anything in between: each term provides a new cultural and musical focus. This builds a strong foundation for the listening activities at GCSE Music and allows students the chance to experience the music of other cultures. Students are assessed in listening, composing, and performing throughout each unit and are expected to produce a full written appraisal of their performances in terms 2, 4, and 6. Exceptional performances are encouraged by staff to be performed in assemblies with self-assessment and peer assessment encouraging students to develop the confidence needed to undertake such performances.

Our vision in music is to enable the best creative opportunities and broaden the horizons of our young people.  This is a mantra we aim to enable in everything we do. As such we want to inspire and excite our students in Music by providing them with an exceptional education, but as importantly with the most chances to attend performances and concerts that we can possible offer.

We offer a number of opportunities for young people to get involved in music through Merchants’ Academy, not least in our Academy Co-curricular programme:

  • Monday –Secondary Phase Choir/AAA Choir
  • Wednesday – Academy Orchestra, Music Technology Club, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Choir
  • Thursday – BRISTOL PLAYS MUSIC, SOUTH BRISTOL MUSIC CENTRE