West Blatchington Primary School

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Music

Our school has a love for music and this is evident in the variety of lessons and performances that we take part in.  We celebrate pupils effort and achievement through our 'Magnificent Musician' awards.  At the end of each term a pupil from each class is selected and named as a 'Magnificent Musician'.

Ten Pieces



Year 4 have been super busy responding creatively to Holst's Mars.  They listened to and discussed the piece and drew pictures to reflect the scene that Holst descrined with his music.  The children then went on to compose their own Mighty Martian Ostinatos using Mars-themed sentences to develop their repeating patterns.  They performed their ostinatos using percussion, clapping and their voices.

It has been selected for the CBBC Ten pieces website, take a look on the website link below!

Curriculum

Every class has a weekly one hour music lesson.  Lessons are planned around the year group topic and pupils are given opportunities to develop their singing, playing and composing skills.  They also regularly listen to and appraise a variety of music, including their own and others work.  Pupils receiving instrumental tuition are always encouraged to bring their own instrument, as they are incorporated into the lessons.


Instrumental Lessons

Over 12% of pupils at our school take instrumental lessons each week.  This is above average for both Brighton and Hove Music and Arts and nationally!  

Brighton and Hove Music and Arts offer the following instrumental lessons at our school:

  • Flute and Recorder - taught by Jana Cadez-Amali

  • Violin - Taught by Diane Callender

  • Guitar - Taught by Adrew Aruldoss

  • Drum kit - Taught by Mike Johnson

To apply, and for more information on instrument hire, tuition fees and financial support, please visit:

http://www.bhma.org.uk/

Soundmakers

As part of the music curriculum, Year 5 participate in a 10 week Soundmakers programme where they learn the cello.  Sessions are delivered by a cello teacher frm Brighton and Hove Music and Arts.  At the end of the 10 weeks, pupils perform to their friends and family in a special assembly.


Orchestra

We run a school orchestra which is open to all pupils who are currently learning an instrument.  We also perform at the school Winter Celebration each December.


Junior Choir

Our joyful Junior Choir regularly performs throughout the year and also performs annually at the Brighton and Hove Schools Christmas Concert at the Brighton Centre. 


Funky Monkeys Choir

Funky Monkeys Choir is open to all pupils in Years 1 and 2.  We recently perform at both our Harvest Assembly and the Winter Celebration.


Singing Assembly

Pupils take part in a weekly singing assembly, where they learn a variety of songs.  We LOVE singing at West Blatchington Primary School!

Performances

There are many performance opportunities at our school and examples include:

  • Harvest Assembly

  • Winter Gathering

  • Winter Celebration

  • Spring Assembly

  • Soundmakers Concert

  • Year 6 Leavers Assembly

  • Our annual KS2 production


Community

We also love performing to the wider community.  We recently got to take part in a very special project for the Rugby World Cup.  On Sunday 20th September, over 250 children from Brighton & Hove joined together to sing 'Shining Brighter'.  The song was made up of lyrics and actions created by the children, including a very catchy section named 'Lions' created by the Year 6 children from West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School.  It was a fantastic event and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children as well as the large crowds which gathered to watch.


Relating Week

We have been having great fun in music throughout Relating Week!  KS2 children composed lyrics to reflect the Relating Learning hero and we set them to the melody of 'Happy'.  

Please click on the link below to listen to our fantastic song!

We are relating!


ATTENTION: All Year 6 Voices Performers

The performance and backing tracks of all the songs that we will be performing at the Voices performance at the Brighton Dome can be found below.  Please use these to help you learn the songs so that we can sound fantastic on the night!

Can you feel it - Lyrics

Changes - Lyrics

Counting stars - Lyrics

River deep, mountain high - Lyrics

When I grow up - Lyrics

Voices is a musical extravaganza of vocal talent, led by Blatchington Mill School with 5 massed choirs, which include the participation of local primary schools including West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School, Aldrington, Benfield, Goldstone and Carden.  The performance takes place at the Brighton Dome on Thursday 28th April at 19:00.

Tickets can be purchased from the Brighton Dome, via clicking this link: Voices Tickets