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Music at Southmead

Vision Statement:


The vision for Music at Southmead Primary School is based on the concept that music is an essential part of life, integral to the development of the whole child and acts as a unique and powerful form of communication. Our Music Curriculum aims to develop self- esteem, cooperation and creativity as well as inspiring pupils to achieve their full musical potential providing them with the skills for life-long enjoyment of music.


The Music Curriculum aims to develop children’s ability to listen to, and appreciate a wide variety of music including that which has a specific purpose. We aim for children to have opportunities to explore and express ideas and feelings about music, in a variety of ways (dance/ art/ compositions/ singing/ drama).

Each lesson encourages active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using both voices and instruments (tuned and un-tuned). Through this, children develop a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others to an audience.


In addition, we strive educate pupils to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers. For example, pupils at Southmead receive an annual visit from the Nonesuch Orchestra, Kings College Jazz Band and plenty more.

Southmead is committed to providing an enriched arts education for all pupils and to embed Music into the wider Arts and National Curriculum based topics.

Useful Links


If you have access to an Ipad at home, then a good app for children to explore instruments and composition is ‘GarageBand’ by Apple. Children can create their own music and is good for any age from Year 1 to Year 6.

Please click here to download the Southmead Song!!!!


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Music is taught by the specialist music teacher Miss Earnshaw, who in addition to teaching music lessons leads the school choir after school and co-ordinates school concerts/class assemblies.


The children in Early Years are enjoying their new topic of ‘Stories, Fairytales and Rhymes’ and have been working very hard on their listening and responding skills in their music sessions. They are going to be exploring how sounds can change in different ways, including fast, slow, loud and quiet.


Year 1 are focusing on recording music in different ways, including graphic notation and symbols. They will be listening to a variety of rhythms and beats and recording how the music changes in their own way.


Year 2 will be focusing on their recorder skills, learning how to play a simple rhythm and melody on the instrument. They will also be continuing to enhance their knowledge on music notation and other forms of written music.


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Spotlight on EYs and KS1

Spotlight on KS2


Year 3’s topic is ‘Romans’ and they will be focusing on the difference between rhythm and beat. They will build up knowledge of the values of music notes and applying this to composing their own rhythms for a marching Roman Soldier!


Year 4 continue to take part in the Wider Opportunities clarinet programme, and they will be showcasing their skills to Parents on Friday 29th March at 2.30pm.


Year 5 will be exploring the genre of 'Mythical Journeys' through music, particularly focusing on Movie Soundtracks and looking at a range of famous composers. They will use Ipads to compose their own soundtracks for a specific genre using and applying knowledge of inter related dimensions.

Exploring how sounds change,

linked to the 3 Little Pigs!


Composing our own Soundtracks for "How to Train a Dragon" in Year 5.

We can read music notes on a stave! We took our learning outdoors and created our own musical stave!

We have had some of our children visit the Royal Albert Hall to be inspired by groups of musicians from various Secondary Schools from around the country.  Some of us are visiting on the 22nd March to see Classical Spectacular! Amazing!


Our choir is enjoying their weekly sessions on a Monday, learning songs that range from Musical Theatre to more modern favourites.



Click here to read how Music at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.

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Year 6 are spending the Spring term learning all about Greek Gods and Goddesses. They will be developing their composing, performing and appraisal skills as part of this block of work.