Look at what we learn in music...


Summer 1


Full name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

DoB: 4th September 1981

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups in history. Destiny’s Child’s success saw Beyoncé's theatrical film debut in Austin Powers (2002) and the release of her debut album, "Dangerously in Love" (2003).

The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". Following the break-up of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, "B'Day" (2006), which contained the top-ten singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". 

Beyoncé also continued her acting career, with starring roles in "The Pink Panther" (2006), "Dreamgirls" (2006), and "Obsessed" (2009).

Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in "Cadillac Records" (2008) influenced her third album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008), which saw the introduction of her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce, and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".

Throughout her career, she has sold an estimated 100 million records as a solo artist and a further 60 million records with the group Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history. She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history. She is also the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.

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.