Music

Music is very important to us at St Barnabas, and we include it in all of our celebrations as well as teaching Music as part of our St Barnabas curriculum. 
 
Children begin St Barnabas in reception, where singing is an integral part of the day. There, children learn a wide range of songs, nursery rhymes and action songs as well as joining in fun musical activities with instruments.
 
In key stage 1, children use percussion instruments and their voices to compose their own musical soundscapes and in year 2 they start to learn the recorder. In key stage 2, as well as continuing to compose and perform with instruments, children also begin to learn some musical notation, and by the end of year 6, children can read notes from the treble clef and some simple rhythms. We do this by continuing to teach recorders and  ‘dig those sticks’ which teaches children how to play music using a range of sticks- chopsticks, wooden spoons, relay batons- you name it, we’ve played it!
 
In key stage 2 children also have the opportunity to learn an instrument from an expert from Bristol Plays Music. Children will learn to play the ukulele and play in a Samba band. Children also listen to and learn about a wide range of music and study composers from around the world.
 
At St Barnabas, we also offer guitar lessons which are subsidised by the school. These lessons take place every week after school.
We have a weekly singing assembly, where children learn a range of songs from Early music to Emili Sande, traditional Arabic songs to Jamaican folk tunes. Children are taught some vocal techniques and are always encouraged to stand up and move, giving the songs energy and promoting good posture. As well as singing assemblies, we have a school choir which is open to children in key stage 2. We have performed at the Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol, as well as singing with the Bristol Reggae orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony orchestra.

T. 0117 377 2391 E. stbarnabasp@bristol-schools.uk