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Exciting Upcoming Music Events this half term:


Area Band North Performance at Bulwell Academy on Tuesday 10th of March


The Great Orchestra Experiment on Wednesday the 25th of March at The Royal Concert Hall 

                               Music Clubs Spring 2

Monday- Guitar Club

            - Key Stage 1 African Drumming Club

Tuesday- Area Band

Wednesday- Recorder Club

Thursday- Singing for the Soul

Spring Term 1 songs 
Oaks and Chestnuts – Everyone!
Year 1 – In The Grove  
Year 2 – I want to Play in a Band 
Year 3 – Three Little Birds by Bob Marley  
Year 4 – Fresh Prince of Bell Air  
Year 5 – Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Year 6 – Happy 

The children at Old Basford School have been learning a new set of songs! Music can be heard throughout the school. We have some exciting news! This half term the Friends of Basford helped us to purchase some new instruments. The children have been learning to play the glockenspiel. Year 2 have been encouraging the children from recorder club to play the recorder during their Music lessons. 



Music at Old Basford School



“Every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching” - National Plan for Music Education, DfE.


Nottingham is one of only 6 areas in the country to run the exciting In Harmony programme, an intense form of whole class teaching that aims to transform the lives of children using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.


At Old Basford School, we offer a Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme, taught by our colleagues from Nottingham Music Service.  As a registered charity and lead partner for the Nottingham Music Education Hub, NMS are committed to making music accessible and inclusive.  From Year 4, our children will learn the guitar.  From Year 5 they will be able to join Area Band, an after-school music club run by NMS.  There is also the chance for our children to participate in a subsidised residential music camp at Ilam Hall in Staffordshire, also run by NMS, as well as attend inspirational musical events at prestigious venues in the city.


As our children progresses with their instrument, they will have the opportunity to get involved with a range of exciting music ensembles run by NMS.  And, if they love to sing, you might also consider the Robin Hood Youth Choir!


NMS has various strategies to support your child to learn, and one of these is to support them to achieve accreditation through ABRSM Music Medals and Grade exams.


At Old Basford School, we are proud to have been awarded the Music Mark!  Through our work with NMS we have shown commitment to ensuring high quality music education for all our pupils.  In fact, we have gone one stage further and been awarded Music Hub Champion School status!  This recognises that Old Basford School has gone the extra mile to help support musical opportunities both within and beyond our own school, helping music to make a difference for young people across Nottingham City.

This Year we are very eager to introduce a new music scheme called 'Charanga' which is a fully resourced and exciting music currciculum. During the Autumn term will begin to use the lesson plans and the activities on the Charanga website. In January 2020 the whole school staff will enjoy a CPD training event to fully equip us with the enthusiasm and skills to teach music to our children.