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Bishop Creighton Academy

Music

Aims

At Bishop Creighton Academy, we believe music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our music education aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

At Key Stage One

Pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

At Key Stage Two

Pupils are be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They  develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

We use Music Express as our main scheme when teaching music.

Pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

Performances

We provide all pupils with the opportunity to take part in musical performances throughout the academic year. We hold the following annual events.

Term Performance
Autumn Term

Harvest Festival

EYFS Christmas Nativity

Year 1/2 Christmas Production

Year 3/4 Christmas Carol Concert

Year 5/6 Christmas Carol Concert

Glee Club - Performance to Stephenson Court Residential Home

Spring Term

Year 3/4 Production

 

Summer Term

Whole academy - Summer Sing Off!

Year 5 Production

Year 6 Leavers Show

Special Projects

We look for opportunites to engage in music projects beyond the academy.

In April 2017, a group of Year 3,4, 5&6 pupils took part in the Even Song project. They performed at Peterborough Cathedral and recorded a live performance . The piece was performed by Peterborough Cathedral Choir and 120 singers from St Augustine’s, West Town, Bishop Creighton and William Law schools.

Even You song was devised by Bettina Furnée and Lucy Sheerman, artists in residence at Metal, Peterborough in collaboration with  award-winning young composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and director, Steven Grahl. The artists wanted to imagine what it would be like if people from Peterborough had the chance to take a journey to the moon with someone they loved.  Peterborough was created around the time of the first moon landings    although its cathedral, situated at the heart of the ancient city, will soon be celebrating its 900th anniversary. Even You Song combined the ancient traditions and rituals of the cathedral with the voices of people living in one of the fastest growing cities in Britain now. What a fabulous experience to be part of! To find out more click here