At Beaufort, we believe that music is a universal language which provides a powerful and unique form of communication, and that it can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. Music is imperative for children’s social and personal development as well as their language skills, and is therefore a vital part of a child’s education.
Music teaching at Beaufort aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. We do this by using Charanga, which is a scheme of work offering a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. It follows a steady progression plan that guides the children’s learning and development throughout their time at school. All children learn how to sing and use their voices, and learn how to play the recorder, glockenspiel, and ukulele. They learn to compose and improvise performing both on their own and with others. We ensure that pupils develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to listen to a variety of music with discrimination and appreciation.
A team of specialist peripatetic music teachers are available to teach a wide variety of instruments, including piano, drums, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and other brass. Rocksteady Music School teach rock & pop band lessons, and guitar and ukulele clubs are also provided after school. Assemblies, music concerts, and Friends of Beaufort events are a good opportunity for them to show their parents their performing ability.
Throughout their time at Beaufort, music helps the children increase in confidence and creativity, and acquire a greater sense of achievement.