Due to Musical School we now have our Year 2 pupils reading music and playing the glockenspiel and xylophone, which they performed in a concert in front of the parents and children.
Before Musical School, the majority of teachers were not confident in delivering music. … They also did not know the best places to access resources from or how best to use the instruments that we have.
The children love it! … Very exciting for even the most apathetic child.
Musical School has opened up many more exciting resources and opportunities for the children to learn. … They are much more confident in delivering their own music too.
Our music lessons are our favourite of the week. They are the only lessons where we applaud ourselves at the end!
We now have an orchestra – children want to develop their musical skills all of the time, through writing raps, learning to play additional instruments and joining other clubs.
Musical School has changed my life completely. I feel that the children have a well-planned and robust curriculum to follow and I know that they are covering all of the requirements of the national curriculum.
Staff now don’t see music as a dispensable extra and it forms part of the regular curriculum. Even the most resistant staff are now keen for their pupils to perform in assembly using a mixture of instruments.
Since subscribing to Musical School, the quality of our music teaching has increased dramatically and we are finally able to give the children a music curriculum that they deserve.
Reports in brief
Biggin Hill Primary School is a forward-thinking, creative, energetic school but before Musical School was adopted music was not seen as an easy subject to teach. People felt that it was quite technical at this level. Now teachers are more confident in delivering the curriculum which means lessons are enjoyed by the pupils. The children enjoy the variety of songs taught and enjoy learning music. They speak positively about their music lessons. Staff feel more confident in delivering the curriculum, music is taught regularly and teachers are enthusiastic in their teaching. Going forward we aim to continue to develop musical performance in the school and introduce Charanga so the children can use it at home.