Music and Dance

Music and Dance play a huge part in our school life and are taught to all classes; we are fortunate to have specialist teachers for these subjects. They plan their lessons to teach specific skills as well as to complement the class topics.

A high quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of music and this lies at the heart of our vision for music at Bousfield. We aim to foster our children’s enthusiasm for the subject, while also giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to support their continued musical journey in and beyond primary school.

Alongside its intrinsic value, we also recognise that music makes a powerful contribution to other aspects of our children’s education and development. Research shows a strong link between the development of musical skills and attainment in other areas of learning, including English and Mathematics.

The teaching of Music develops children’s ability to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music, as well as giving them opportunities to sing and make music. Children learn to play a range of percussion instruments, as well as whole class cello, violin, recorder and ukulele. We also offer a number of additional music lessons which include tuition in violin, recorder and guitar, and two early morning choir classes.

In Dance, children learn to create and perform dances using a range of movement patterns, including those from different periods of time, places and cultures. We also offer after-school dance classes.

Furthermore, learning to dance, sing and play instruments are physical activities which help to develop coordination, breathing and promote a healthy body. Music and Dance can also benefit the emotional health and well-being and social development of our children. They are unique forms of expression that can give each child an artistic outlet, a sense of achievement and confidence. Music and Dance activities provide opportunities for our children to collaborate and perform together, developing communication skills and teamwork.

All children take part in shows and class assemblies which showcase their Music and Dance learning. Children have also performed in St Mary the Boltons, Kensington Town Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. We regularly work with other organisations such as the Royal College of Music, The Tri-Borough Music Hub and The Royal Ballet School to enrich our curriculum.