Broomfields (Music)

Overview

School Setting

Broomfields Community Junior School provides full-time education for 461 pupils. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs is below average. Overall, pupils' levels of attainment on entry to the school are above average, but have been rising over the last four years from below average in 1999.

In music, standards are well above expectations at the end of Year 6 and their levels of achievement are very good, especially in singing.

Standards in music are well above expectations at the end of Year 6 and pupils' achievement is very good.

Ofsted School inspection report - March 2003.


Background and rationale

The school was keen to raise the profile of music throughout the curriculum. The school has always had a strong musical tradition, but more extra-curricular than curricular. Teaching music in every class with every teacher is the issue that needed to be addressed - enhancing the skill level and confidence of all classroom teachers. The pupils were good at listening and appraising, less good at composition.


Project Report

Description

The project started with staff doing a self evaluation of their knowledge and ability to teach musical composition. Each year group has a different focus in musical composition and these skills and processes are transferable to other stimulus.


Commentary

The project started with staff doing a self evaluation of their knowledge and ability to teach musical composition. Each year group has a different focus in musical composition and these skills and processes are transferable to other stimulus.


Implications

Development of composition element within each year group. Including the use of formal and informal notation. Create a music page on the school website.


Evaluation

Classes are now timetabled to use the music room once a week. Pupils seemed to lack confidence in music previously as the teachers were not confident teaching it. However as the teachers' confidence has increased the pupils' responses have improved. Pupils are trying different things because they are now being given the opportunity to do so. The project has allowed the teachers to realise that they need to let pupils experiment with instruments for them to understand the sound that they make before a more 'skilled and discriminating' sound is made. Musical vocabulary has increased as pupils now understand the terminology more readily.

The project has already had an impact on planning. The school is now looking to adopt a thematic curriculum to ensure that musical aspects are built on and that planning takes account of music. Year 6 teachers were concerned about teaching notation to their pupils so the tutor worked with the teachers to help them to do this.

The tutor has been outstanding - informative, fun and realistic. Teachers readily accepted the tutor because of his background and experience. He demonstrated activities in the school setting with the school's pupils which gave the teachers confidence. He demonstrated a range of opening activities, starter songs etc., which were recorded onto DVD as a resource. Individual year group teachers have contacted the tutor for further guidance. The teachers have really enjoyed the project and its practical nature.