Music at Middle Barton School
Music can be a vital part of our lives. It is used all over the world to communicate and express ideas and feelings and can evoke a powerful response in listeners and performers. It is an important aspect of both everyday life and one’s cultural heritage. At Middle Barton School we value music as an important part of a child’s whole development and music is a high profile part of school life which is really celebrated and promoted.
Music is taught in class on a weekly basis and in addition to these class lessons, there is a once weekly singing practice where the principles of good singing are taught. The school also provides the opportunity for all pupils in Y2 or above to learn to play the recorder through an extra-curricular club. Private tuition is available for woodwind and stringed instruments. There is an active and award-winning choir club (for Y2 upwards) who perform regularly both within school at events such as the Open day and Harvest Festival as well as outside school at the Chipping Norton Music Festival, Young Voices (Birmingham), Children Singing for Children concert in Banbury, the Big Sing in Oxford and the Festival of Voices at Dorchester Abbey. The school has been successful in attaining the Silver Singup award (June 2014), the Gold Singup award (August 2015) and the Artsmark award (due to be renewed in July 2018), all national marks of success in singing and the performing arts.
Our award-winning choir in action
The children take part in a variety of community music making events throughout they year, which include participation in community events, such as the Carol Service, Palm Sunday service, Christingle, the school fete, Chipping Norton Music Festival, KS2 productions at the local theatre, annual Singup day which involves a carousel of singing activities in mixed age groups, to name but a few. We pride ourselves on the high standard of our music provision and use opportunities for the children to show their skills and talents whenever we can. We celebrate children’s achievements in music outside school too by sharing and presenting certificates in our weekly celebration assemblies.
Celebrating National Singup day in the summer term
KS2 enjoying a classical concert at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford in January 2018
KS2 performing The Button Box at Chipping Norton Theatre on Tuesday 10th July 2018 - an amazing success!
Music is taught using ideas from the Charanga online Scheme of Work which fulfils the requirements of the Music National Curriculum. The school also uses online resources, including the Classical 100 resources, Ten pieces (produced by the BBC) and Music Express. This helps to ensure that the children gain a broad and balanced musical education. Music is taught by Mrs Tailby, our music subject leader, who also happens to the our headteacher!
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We like to offer live music opportunities for the children, ie. children who learn instruments are invited to play to the school at weekly assemblies. When time and financial resources allow, visiting musicians are invited into the school to perform and children are taken to concerts by professional musicians whenever opportunity arises. Peripatetic instrumental teachers demonstrate their instruments in school on a regular basis.
Through children making music, we hope to develop the following values: co-operation, sensitivity, respect, perseverance, self-discipline, appreciation of others and critical awareness. We hope you will agree that it is a huge strength of our school!