Music is a large part of school life at Beckford and takes place throughout the school day. The music curriculum aims to equip all children with fundamental musical skills and a life long love for music. Each class has a music lesson each week.
In Reception and Nursery, expressive art and design is one of the four specific areas of learning. Within this area music is taught as part of the continuous provision and includes learning songs and rhyme as well as beginning to work on rhythm and composition.
In Years 1 - 3 Lessons will be taught by the class teacher. The children will experience music from a range of genres and be composing and performing as part of lessons inspired by Charanga music resources. Years 1 and 2 will also take part in a Music project with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Year 3 will have a music and dance focus across the year from The Place dance professionals, beginning with a special visit there in November, and then follow up sessions in school across Spring/Summer term, with a performance on May 9th. https://www.theplace.org.uk/
In Year 4 - 6 the teaching of music will be through the Camden Music wider opportunities program. The children will have a chance to develop their musicianship by learning two instruments, recorder and trumpet / trombone, as well as having unit on singing and performing each year. The timetable below shows the focus of music lessons over the 3 years.
At Beckford School we have a vibrant extra-curricular timetable which allows pupils to extend their musical skills and opportunities to take part in public and school community. Currently we have two choirs; Little Voices for reception – year two and The Beckford Choir for years three – six.
In addition, many pupils have individual instrumental lessons with peripatetic teachers from Camden Music Services. Pupils are able to learn piano, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone, ukulele, guitar, trumpet, trombone, voice and drum-kit with a range of Saturday morning extras from Camden Music Hub.