Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU


Music at Birchfield Primary School

At Birchfield Primary School we recognise that high-quality education of music can increase self-confidence and creativity. Pupils explore curriculum weeks (e.g. Carnival week) and special productions throughout the year during which the pupils learn to project their voices, sing and use a range of musical instruments. All our pupils also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with the support of our peripatetic music teachers.  

All pupils across the whole school have the opportunity to listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions - including the works of the great composers and musicians via "Musician of the Week". Every week the whole school focusses on a key musician or composer from a variety of genres, cultures, historical periods etc. and discusses the different musical elements and techniques. For more modern pieces of music the pupils also have the opportunity to discuss the symbolism, social or political messages entwined within lyrics or music videos or the activism of the musicians/composers themselves. Within each "Musician of the Week" there may also be cross-curricular or writing links that the teachers can explore with the pupils throughout the week too. Continue scrolling to see this week's "Musician of the Week."

“I like Musician of the Week because we get to hear music we might not have heard before.” - Y2 pupil

“I love all the songs that we get to hear. It’s too hard to choose a favourite.” - Y1 pupil

“I like listening to the different songs, I wish we could do it more.” - Y4 pupil



In the classroom

Here are some images from our KS2 music lessons. Children were developing their understanding of the history of music over time. Pupils used their reading skills to learn about famous composers. 

Year 2 - Seaside Singing

As part of the "What can you see beside the sea?" topic, the Year 2 class have been developing their singing and performance skills. In the song, "The big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh" we thought about tempo and how the song slows down. In the song, "When I was one... the day I went to sea" we thought about using actions to develop a performance. Finally, in the song, "A sailor went to sea, sea, sea" we thought about using body percussion to create a musical interlude.

The pupils have done really well and we are very proud of them.

It's Coming Home!

Y2 used their fantastic singing skills to cheer on the England squad in the Euro 2021 semi-finals!

...Musician of the Week... Ladysmith Black Mambazo...

Below are the YouTube videos where you can listen to the chosen pieces of music for this week. Although every effort has been made to ensure the videos have been vetted and are suitable for children to view, the comments are often public so it is the responsibility of supervising adults to ensure these are vetted/hidden from view.