Bishopstone Church Of England Primary School


All children are given access to music weekly.

Within music lessons children have the opportunity to listen to music, sing, play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, and participate in group music making activities. A wide variety of music is played during assembly. There is a whole school, weekly singing assembly, held on a Thursday morning (restarted Sept21)

Bishopstone participates in the Swindon Music Festivals which brings school together and the children sing and perform on mass.  We performed with the Swindon Choral Choir in Christchurch in December 2018, a huge honour.

Miss Kati a peripatetic music teacher from Swindon Music Service (click here for their website) joined us in September 21 (after MRs Rowe retired in July21).

On a Wednesday a peripatetic teacher offers piano lessons in the morning - Mrs Davies.  On a Friday afternoon a peripatetic teacher, also from Swindon Music Co-operative (click here for their website) offers guitar lessons - Mr Flippence (from Jan22).  Please click here for which weeks they will be teaching 2021-2022.

The school has in the past participated at Wembly Arena – Voice in a million and then we participated in Young Voices at Birmingham Arena jointly with South Marston CofE School (and 6000 other children!).  We participated in Young Voices again January 2019 (every two years) that was held in Birmingham, leaving lasting impressions with the children and staff!  Unfortunately we had to cancel 2021.

Our music based trip in 2018 was to take KS2 to The Royal Albert Hall to watch Ramond Gubbay's Classical Spectacular.  Our planned visit in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid19.

Music is taught following the National Curriculum enhanced with various resources including Music Express and Dimensions Creative Curriculum.  It is taught on a Wednesday in KS2 when our part time teacher, with a music specialism, is in school.

  • Key Stage 1
  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically

  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

  • Key stage 2

  • Pupils should 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.

    Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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. 

We have a weekly Collective Worship music focus.  Click here for the overview 2021-2022.


Year 3/4 learn the recorder in preparation for moving onto the Clarinet.  Year 5/6 learn the clarinet.  Both year groups have a 30minute lesson each week.

Year 3/4 recorder coverage for the year 2021-2022

Year 5/6 clarinet coverage for the year 2021-2022

Alongside this the children have a supplemented music curriculum using the resource 'Charanga'.

Calling all budding musicians!

To supplement our curriculum music lessons in school, instrumental lessons are also being offered from specialist teachers from Swindon Music Co-operative. These are paid-for services but financial assistance may be available for pupils entitled to free school meals.

If you would like to find out more, please pick up an application form from the school office, or download one from the website or below.

If you have any queries about lessons please call the Swindon Music Co-operative office on 01793 781973.

To go to the Swindon Music Co-operative website click here.  Application form 2021-2022 click here.

Click here for their SMT remissions.

Click here for the form to fill in online.

Playing the church organ annually at Christmas by the children

Being taught to sing by the conductor of the Swindon Choral Choir - Robin Nelson - December 2018