At Chester Blue Coat School we value music because it is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Our aim, through following the National Curriculum guidelines, is to provide each child with musical experiences which enable them to be actively involved in performing, composing, listening and appraising.
Learning an instrument
The school uses its own brass and woodwind instruments and tutors from the Wider Opportunities scheme (Edsential) to teach all pupils in Year 5 and 6, who are able to take the instrument home to practise. They have the opportunity to perform at the end of the year with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. Year 3 and 4 also have the opportunity to learn an instrument within their class setting – Year 3 on recorders and Year 4 on ocarinas. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school to give instrumental lessons to individuals and groups who wish to pay for extra lessons.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
There are lots of opportunities to take part in clubs such as choir, jazz group or recorder group and to experience live professional concerts. We are often involved with community projects such as performing at the Storyhouse with AmaSing, leading the Christmas light switch on in Garden Lane, or recording a special film and recording for the refugee project.
Please find below links to our policy, progressions document and key vocabulary for each year group.
You will also find a recording of our school prayer song.
You can search the tabs for ideas for music making at home such as body percussion activities and you can see some performances from school too.