I'm Mrs Byrne.
I am the Music Lead at Intack Primary School.
Music at Intack plays an important part in our curriculum. We believe in the significance of music in developing creativity, movement, communication and self-expression whilst also enabling children to develop memory and listening skills. Music can provide comfort and enjoyment. Additionally, it enables us to celebrate and share cultural diversities in our community and society.
Within our curriculum, music is taught in stand-alone lessons across all year groups and in a cross-curricular approach across a range of subjects to enable and develop learning. Currently, Bolton Music Service deliver a weekly lesson to our Year 4 cohort. This involves two terms of instrumental tuition and a term of singing tuition.
Singing is important and is used in many different ways including in a variety of subject lessons, the Christmas Nativity, Carol services, class assemblies and the Year 6 end of year production. We also believe it is extremely important, whenever possible, for the children to listen to live music and we are exploring ways of providing more opportunities for this. We have had live music performances within school from the Bolton Music Service band and Jeff Rich (former Status Quo drummer)
We access the online music scheme: ‘Charanga’, which supports our pupils in developing their skills of singing, listening, performing, improvising and composing. We have musical instruments within school, which the children are able to play in order to develop their skills of playing and composing.
Within school, we run a KS2 choir for all children who wish to join. We are involved in projects with Blackburn Cathedral, Young Voices and Bolton Music Service. Our choir have performed at King George’s Hall, Blackburn Cathedral, Manchester Arena and Blackpool Tower Ballroom. We continue to develop these opportunities to enable our pupils to work with music specialists and perform within many exciting venues. We are also currently exploring the development of performance opportunities for our KS1 children.