Musical Journeys at The Bay

All children at The Bay receive specialist music lessons throughout the year. A number of children also choose to take the opportunity to learn an instrument with peripatetic teachers, who are in school on a weekly basis teaching keyboard and guitar.  In addition, all children have the opportunity to take part in a weekly singing session.

Over the last few years, the children in Key Stage 2 have had the opportunity to take part in many productions including: Matilda the Musical, Joseph and Panto Pandemonium. There has also been whole school opportunities to perform as part of the outdoor concerts.

During their time in school, children have the opportunity to experience various instruments including keyboard, ukulele, glockenspiel, African drums, steel pans and a variety of percussion instruments, as well as learning about: Key Terminology and The History of Music, with many opportunities to compose, perform and listen to music.

We will offer a range of musical after school clubs, including:

  • Autumn Term: Inspire to Sing & STOMP
  • Spring Term: Inspire to Sing & Ukulele
  • Summer Term: Inspire to Sing (Musical Preparation) & African Drumming.

Year 1 spent the Autumn term learning and singing lots of new songs. They also explored different types of percussion instruments. During the Spring Term, they have been starting to compose simple pieces of percussion music.

Year 2 have started to explore the way that instruments make their sounds and are comparing these to other instruments. Going forward, Year 2 will continue to compare percussion instruments before moving on to compositions.

Year 3 have started their exploration into musical terminology and will soon start a singing project.

Year 4 have explored some key musical terminology and are beginning to learn how to read and write musical notation, looking at note values, reading notes on the Stave and writing notes on the Stave.

Year 5 have been privileged to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Portsmouth Guildhall for their Space and Exploration Concert. This links into their learning experience of Space in the Autumn term. The children learnt a large quantity of body percussion, Makaton and singing to take part in this concert.

Year 5 have also explored the Orchestra and are beginning to learn the Ukulele, as well as trialing some new singing material.

Year 6 have been exploring film music: looking at what makes a good piece of film music. This will lead onto them composing their own piece of film music on the keyboards for a cartoon .


January 2020 – Orchestra Trip

Year 5 headed over to the Portsmouth Guildhall for a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Only a few children from Year 5 had seen an Orchestra live before. Many of the children were excited about the concert, joining in with body percussion, singing and Makaton.

The concert opened with a famous piece of music that nearly all of the children had heard before, the piece was Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss. The piece was full of excitement, with loud timpani and a dramatic brass melody. The concert was full of other fantastic pieces of music including Jupiter from The Planets Suite by Holst. James Redwood hosted the concert; he is a composer who works full time for the orchestra. He added many interesting facts about the pieces and gave us many things to listen out for.

In the middle of the concert it was our time to join with the orchestra in a piece called Just One Step all about the moon landings. We joined in singing, whilst doing Makaton signing; there was also a body percussion part in three different sections! The concert concluded with the flying theme from ET, another fantastic piece of music that the children thoroughly enjoyed.


Luke Mulhern

Luke Mulhern

Teacher of Music

Primary Music, Teaching Staff



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