Our aim at Bedford is to introduce and encourage each child into the exciting world of music. The emphasis is for children to both enjoy and appreciate the many ways in which music can give tremendous personal satisfaction. Music is a largely practical activity provided to all children on a weekly basis throughout the school year, taught using a programme called Charanga. Throughout the year children study a variety of musical styles, ranging from modern to classical. All children have opportunities to listen and respond to music, make music together as a class and in groups, sing songs and compose and communicate musical ideas with others. Children throughout the school are taught the basics in order to read music and are given frequent opportunities to perform to others. Year 4 are also taught to play the recorder and we have a growing school choir, who do performances within the community as well as larger events such as the Peace Proms at the Echo Arena. All children also take part in whole school singing on a regular basis, giving them the opportunity to sing as part of a large group.