12 Days of Christmas
Our children have sang their own 2020 version of “The 12 Days of Christmas!” Have a look at the video below to hear their wonderful singing:
Alternatively, you can see each's classes' whole performance here:
Music Curriculum Design Statement
Music at Boldmere is led by a passionate musician determined to give all children the best opportunities for a broad and rich musical experience. The majority of children coming to Boldmere arrive with a basic level of musical knowledge and limited experiences in music. We aim to capture our children’s enthusiasm and offer children a wide range of experiences and opportunities to ignite a spark to further develop life-long music interests within our inclusive culture. We are committed to providing a wealth of experience for children to enjoy listening and appraising music; acquiring a musical vocabulary; performing in solo and group contexts and developing their skills to play and compose with a range of instruments, whilst developing an understanding of the history of music.
The core of our curriculum is the National Curriculum. At Boldmere, we have personalised the curriculum to enable us to match our music provision to our context, children’s needs and creative curriculum, enabling children a different insight into music. We have devised our own progression map that provides a solid structure, giving sequence and progression of skills and understanding. The progression map is designed to enable cross-curricular teaching and learning in all year groups and runs alongside the music scheme, ‘Charanga’. This scheme enables our class teachers to access subject knowledge, links with a wide range of instruments and music genres. Consequently, they are able to deliver consistently high quality music lessons, even for those without subject specialism.
Our music curriculum has a focus on bringing music into the wider curriculum. Within each year group, children focus on developing a cross curricular production which incorporates solo and ensemble singing. All children learn a range of musical instruments which are progressive throughout their school journey and alongside, develop an understanding of the history of music.
We enhance our music provision with opportunities including, Young Voices, peripatetic music lessons, music clubs, musical performances, visits to local churches, music workshops and whole school singing assemblies. Our dedication to inspire our children’s love for music is also evident through the development of our bespoke music room. This will enable children to have access to a wide range of musical instruments resulting in further Greater Depth opportunities.
Children will have experienced a holistic and inclusive music provision where they can develop their interest and talent in music. They will leave us as expressive and creative composers and listeners, with a love and an appreciation of music. Many of our children will go on to continue their musical skills in further education and beyond.
What does Music look like at Boldmere Junior School?
Alongside our Music Curriculum, we have our Peripatetic music lessons which offer lessons for violin, piano, flute, keyboard, brass and guitar. These lessons allow pupils to work through their music grades and allow them to perform for their peers and parents/carers in performances.
Fantastic News! Well done to all the staff and children!
Boldmere Junior School is now a recognised school with the Music Mark Award for its recognition for the high value placed on music within our school.
See the email below:
We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.
You have been nominated, and supported financially by Services for Education. They have recognised the value that you place on music and requested that you become a Music Mark School Member. Attached you will find your membership certificate, which we hope you feel able to share with your whole school community.
You will also find attached a welcome letter signed by the CEO, Bridget Whyte, a leaflet outlining your membership benefits, which includes access to the Music Mark Schools member logo as well as some information from some of our partners which you may find of interest. Please also keep an eye out for our termly schools newsletter, the first issue of which can be found here, which will be emailed directly to you and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@musicmarkuk) and Facebook to keep up to date and share your latest news.
Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. Our thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support our collective vision.
Membership and Events Administrator"
Boldmere children are very lucky to have a wide range of musical experiences and opportunities at school. Here are a few examples of the musical experiences that we have enjoyed.
Boldmere children have been attending Young Voices for over 7 years! It has been an incredible experience each year been part of the world’s largest choir, singing songs from a range of different genres, and being able to perform with many famous artists. We can’t wait to start learning the new set of songs and actions each year, ready for the big performance. What an incredible experience for all involved!
Boldmere children have many opportunities to perform on stage through their school journey. In Year 3, children perform in the ‘Singing Showcase’; Year 4 have the tough job of the Christmas production; Year 5 have the Easter production and Year 6 end their journey with their End of Year production. In addition to these, each class perform in their class assembly which usually has a link to music, through singing as an ensemble or with some musical instrument performances.
Music Appreciation Day
Music Appreciation Day was held to celebrate music over the past 100 years and to raise money for a new set of musical instruments. We started the day off with an incredible drumming performance by a professional drummer, followed by a Genre Hunt around school, enabling us to listen to and appreciate a wide range of musical genres. We then had a fantastic range of musical workshops from teachers and some very willing parents, followed by a lesson exploring the History of music. During the afternoon, we had ‘Boldmere’s Got Talent’ within our Year groups, followed by the final as a whole school. It was such a fantastic day and hope it inspired a love for music.
The Stringcredibles quartet were incredible to watch and some children had the opportunity to be their conductor!
Toscan String Concert
We were lucky enough to watch the Toscana String ensemble perform stories set to music. As it was World Book Day, the group performed three animal concerts which included The Tortoise and the Hare and Ferdinand the Bull.