At Blackgates children have the opportunity to take part in group singing and instrumental sessions with visiting specialists.

In Foundation and Key Stage 1, the children use an extensive repertoire of songs to aid them in their learning. Counting songs, rhyming songs and even the school rules song are very popular and help the children to enjoy themselves whilst they work.

Year 3 have been learning how to play recorders and ukuleles with visiting tutors who teach whole class sessions once a week.

Years 4, 5, and 6 have been listening to a wide variety of styles and pieces from Romantic to Reggae and talking about what they like (and don’t like!) about them.

They have been looking at traditional musical notation and alternative ways of recording and writing music down.

On the practical side, the children have experimented with a wide range of musical instruments, playing on congas, djembes, xylophones and keyboards (amongst others) from our extensive and eclectic collection at school. They have composed music from a variety of stimuli including ‘seasons’ and ‘animals’.