Music at Ashley Down Schools Federation
Ashley Down Schools Federation delivers music education as a key part of our children’s development and an integrated subject in our enquiry-based curriculum. We understand how music, singing and instrument playing can aid the development of children’s overall literacy as well as developing socio-emotional, motor, auditory, language and intellectual skills.
Please click here to see our Music Curriculum.
Our Singing Strategy:
As a school, we want singing to occur, unabashed, both formally and informally in all areas of the curriculum and the school building. If children are singing in the playground and humming in the corridors it is likely we are succeeding in achieving this goal. We aim to give all staff the resources and development to confidently grow our singing provision.
Weekly singing assemblies are themed each term (KS2: world music, musical theatre, Bristol folk songs and sea shanties, rock and roll, 20th century music, classical music including part-singing) and integrate key celebrations and calendar events such as Black History Month, Children in Need, Harvest and Christmas into what we sing. We always sing for purpose as well as pleasure with a focus on conveying meaning and having an effect on the listener/audience/ ourselves. Children have an active voice in selecting the music we come into the hall listening to and there is always information, thoughts and questions about what we are listening to on the screen.
Please click here for more information about Musical Instrument Lessons.
The schools’ four choirs (a KS1 and a KS2 choir at each site) perform at major venues in Bristol including the Colston Hall, St Georges and the Bristol Cathedral. They have performed in front of small audiences (HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and local dignitaries) and large audiences (over 1,000 people at the Colston Hall). They aim to be a part of all the Bristol Plays Music events for KS1 and KS2.
Please hear the children's wonderful work below