Our Vision

Music is taught at Bewick Bridge because it helps develop:

Language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning.

Coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

Teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

Tenacity: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work.

Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

Music curriculum

At Bewick Bridge, we follow a curriculum devised by our Music Specialist, Dan Ecclestone, which uses Focus Education’s Weaving Knowledge and Skills Document as its starting point. 

The Weaving Knowledge and Skills Document states that:

At Key Stage 1, pupils should be taught to:

Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes;

Play tuned and untuned instruments musically;

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music;

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. 

While at Key Stage 2, pupils should be taught to:

Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression;

Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music;

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory;

Use and understand staff and other musical notations;

Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians .

At Bewick Bridge the key musical skills of Performing, Composing, Appraising and Musicianship are woven into a Six-Year Scheme of Work that has clarity of progression at its core.

Music overview

Copy of Music overview 23/24

Progression documents

Copy of Music Vocabulary Progression 23/24
Copy of Music Skills Progression 23/24
Copy of Music Knowledge Progression 23/24

Young Voices

We are proud of our choir that took part in the Young Voices 2024 concert at the O2 Arena in London. It was an amazing experience that we hope to participate in again next year.