Barley Close Community Primary School
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School Music Development Summary

"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm.

Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. 

Dance and sing to your music. Make today worth remembering."

Steven Tyler

School Music Development Summary

This is a summary of how our school delivers Music education to all our pupils across three areas – curriculum Music, co-curricular provision and Musical experiences – and what changes we are planning in future years.


This information is to help pupils and parents or carers understand what our school offers and who we work with to support our pupils’ Music education.


A brief overview...


At Barley Close Primary School, we value Music as creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging.


We believe in the power of Music to bring us together through singing; ensemble playing; exploring new pieces, composers and genres from around the world; and experimenting with the creative process.


We want to give children the opportunity to experience the joy of Music. We believe Music can feed the soul of our school; connect us with our wider community; enrich the lives of individual students and strengthen the shared bonds of trust which join us together as a fantastic school.


Throughout their time at Barley Close, our students will learn to love Music through singing, listening, composing and performing. We believe Musical concepts should be experienced first before being explained clearly, then reinforced with focussed and committed practice. Music will be enjoyed and embodied first, then explained and put into context through the appropriate use of terminology and notation.


We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of Music, and an unbiased respect for the role that Music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.


We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.


Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from around the world. This in turn supports their Personal and Cultural Development, while also promoting British Values.


Children are able to enjoy Music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive.
They can dissect Music and comprehend its parts; they can sing and feel a pulse, for example.


At Barley Close Primary School children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further support their Musical understanding. These include performing in and visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous Musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they develop an interest in their lives.


Music Development Summary 2023-24

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
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