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Music at Abbotswood


Music Curriculum Rationale 

At Abbotswood, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music and help children to develop the skills necessary to express themselves musically. Studying music helps to increase children's self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children progress through Abbotswood, they will learn to critically engage with music, create their own compositions and perform various pieces of music from across the musical canon. At Abbotswood, we want children to enjoy their music lessons and cherish the memories made and embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with. 


How we teach music at Abbotswood

Class teachers are in charge of delivering weekly music lessons in the classroom. At Abbotswood, we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme - which provides our teachers with week-by-week lesson for each year group in the school. This scheme provides lesson plans, assessement, clear progression and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson. Our music scheme is based on: 

  • Listening and appraising 
  • Musical activities - creating and exploring 
  • Singing and performing

Children will have the opportunity to access musical instruments such as glockenspiels during lessons as well as developing confidence in their vocal abilities. 



Outside of music lessons, we offer the children the opportunity to take part in various musical events. Mrs James-Thomas runs choir in the run up to Christmas with the term culminating in a celebration at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol. In the past we have visited Stanshawe's Nursing home to sing Christmas carols to the residents and performed at Yate Shopping Centre! We have also been fortunate to have had specialist music teachers visit the school to run music workshops with our Y5/6 children. At Abbotswood, we also have a weekly singing assembly which is run by Mrs Winstone or Mrs James-Thomas. There is nothing better than hearing the voices of children ringing through the school!


Children at Abbotswood are given the opportunity to perform at various stages of the school year. KS1 and EYFS take the lead with Christmas celebrations, singing both traditional and modern songs. Years 3/4 perform a school play at Easter and Year 5/6 round off the school year with their end of year play. In previous years the productions have been: The X Factory (2019), Pirates of the Curry Bean (2018) and Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits (2017). 


As the academic year progresses, we hope to increase the profile of music even further at Abbotswood and encourage the musical development and confidence of our children. We aim to do this by bringing in specialist teachers, taking part in music festivals and inviting parents in for regular concerts at key points in the academic year. 


If you have any questions regarding the provision of music at Abbotswood, please contact Mrs Hannah James-Thomas. 



National Curriculum - Music

Music - Skills Ladder

Music at Abbotswood