‘...if what I am is Musical …’
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. For many pupils, the music they love will be a huge part of their lives and bring colour to the experiences that shape them. Learning about music is a vital part of a broad and rounded education. Our Music curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to make music, think more musically and, crucially, become even more musical.
Our curriculum enables pupils to learn to sing, play an instrument and create music together, and to have the opportunity to develop their musical interests and talents.
At Butts Primary School we aspire to make music an enjoyable learning experience for all. Across the school, children sing regularly together in classrooms and assemblies, take part in end of term productions and performances, listening to and learning about music styles and genres from across the world and throughout history.
Music is delivered through the Sing Up music scheme, a scheme which reflects our school values and encourages music to be explored and enjoyed not only in music lessons, but throughout the whole curriculum. Children learn to play a range of untuned instruments in their lessons while being given the opportunity to learn tuned instruments as they progress through the school. In Years 4 and 5, children are taught to play the keyboards by Forest Arts (Walsall Music Hub), pupils have opportunities to perform rehearsed songs to the whole school.
At Butts Primary School we offer a range of wider opportunities for children across the school. Our popular after-school choir and music clubs give children the opportunity and freedom to explore their musical talents with a range of instruments, songs and ensembles. Our choir takes part in Walsall Music Hubs choir productions, a gathering of several local schools with children who love to sing, performing a range of songs to family and friends.
As a school, we come together to sing songs to celebrate different occasions. For the Platinum Jubilee we all learnt the National Anthem. For the King’s Coronation we all learnt and sang ‘New King’ by Banji Alexander. More recently, we celebrated World Music Day by singing Wavin’ Flag by Knaan with all the children waving their flags, an opportunity to celebrate and showcase diversity in our community.
Our Music Ambassadors are passionate about music and enjoy the responsibility the role provides. They support the Music Lead with choosing the regular music themes and genres, sharing resources with the classes, listening to and relaying other pupils’ opinions on the music around school and helping organise whole school singing.