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At Bishop Bridgeman, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high- quality music curriculum engages and inspires our children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


As children progress at Bishop Bridgeman, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. 

The plan for each year group focuses on a set of skills that are developed over the year. The skills have been divided into four key areas:

  • Singing – Singing is at the heart of the music curriculum and children are given regular opportunities to sing together in large and small groups and individually.

  • Listening – Listening to music is fundamental to musical understanding and helps children understand how music in constructed and the impact it can have on the listener. Children have regular opportunities for listening and responding to music (including listening to music they have produced themselves, live music performances and carefully chosen recordings that reflect a wide range of cultures, times and places.) This listening then supports children’s composing and performing.

  • Composing - Children have opportunities to be creative and imaginative and to compose and make choices about their own music. Composition and improvisation activities allow our children to use and develop the musicianship skills they have been taught and encourage collaborative work.

  • Musicianship & Performing - Singing and playing a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments are at the heart of our music curriculum and children have regular opportunities to perform musically. children are taught the fundamental musical techniques of controlling pulse/beat, rhythm and pitch. As well as learning by ear, children learn to use both invented symbols (graphic notation) and standard musical notation when singing, playing and composing. 


We follow the programme of study set out in the National Curriculum by utilising external music specialists provided by the local authority to teach music.

For further information about our Music curriculum, please speak to Mrs L. Little (Music Curriculum Leader).

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