Look at what we learn in music...


Spring 1

Bob Dylan

Name: Bob Dylan
DoB: 24th May 1941

Bob Dylan (who was actually named Robert Allen Zimmerman) was born in St Mary's Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota.

In his early years, he listened to the radio, first to blues and country stations and later, when he was a teenager, to rock and roll. He formed several bands while attending Hibbing High School.

Dylan moved to Minneapolis in September 1959 and enrolled at the University of Minnesota and he began to perform at the Ten O’clock Scholar, a coffeehouse a few blocks from campus. In May 1960, Dylan dropped out of college at the end of his first year. In January 1961, he travelled to New York City, to perform.

In October 1961, Dylan got a record deal with Columbia Records where his first album sold only 5,000 copies in its first year! Dylan made his first trip to the United Kingdom in December 1962 as his fame was rising. He visited London and played in many of the London folk clubs. In the mid-1960s Dylan’s recordings reached the top end of the United States music charts!

He is still writing and performing today. Dylan has been touring steadily since the late 1980s on what has been called the ‘Never Ending Tour’. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but song writing is considered his greatest skill.


Music in Ghana

During Mrs Barnes and Miss Bake's visit to Ghana, they were lucky enough to experience a wide range of African music! Music in Ghana is used for a variety of different reasons, for example, when celebrating, when worshipping or when getting ready for a football match! They also learnt that in Ghanaian history special drums were used that sounded like roaring animals so enemies were scared away! 


Music Curriculum Overview 18-19

During 2018, AJS choir took part in a range of performances from Young Voices to singing at the local Christingle service to performing for other schools! They were amazing!


Purpose of study                                                                                                                            

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:                                                                  

  • Perform, 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 
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence                                                                                                                        
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

At Airedale pupils will be taught to…                                                                            

  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • 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 for a range of purposes 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 drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians                                                                                                                              
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.          

Music Enrichment across school

  • At Airedale Junior school we provide opportunities for children to learn to play a vast array of musical instruments and participate in extra curricular activities such as recorders, choir and other musical events.
  • Every week three peripatetic teachers visit the school to teach instrumental lessons to children in KS 2, these are woodwind, strings, brass and percussion.
  • All the children in year 4 have a weekly guitar lesson and in year 5 children learn the flute through our wider opportunities programme.
  • Concerts are held at Christmas for parents to watch at the local church. We also invite parents to join in other special assemblies such as Harvest Festival.
  • Towards the end of the Summer term the whole school participate in a Summer Show, which they perform to parents and their families.
  • Other extra curricular activities include a school choir in which all children in KS2 are invited and practice to perform in concerts throughout the year.