Making Marvellous Music!

Bader Primary School strongly believes that every child has a right to a musical education. Music enriches children and teaches skills that can be transferred across the curriculum. On a daily basis, you will hear music across school from wake up shake ups, times tables songs and the delivery of music lessons. Music is inclusive for all children and has great benefits.

Research has shown that Music aids language development, stimulates the brain and develops children’s confidence. At Bader, we understand the importance of Music and have formed a close partnership between Conyers School and the Tees Valley Music Service to ensure that this year Music is stronger than ever at Bader. We have many exciting musical opportunities taking place this year as featured below.

Music Mark 2018/19

We are delighted at Bader Primary School to have been recognised for the variety of music taking place in school by being awarded with Music Mark status for 2018/19. Bader has always placed great importance on Music and this year we are continuing to build and grow our musical expertise across school. We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience Music in school. This academic year we have a variety of Music taking place from EYFS to Year 6.


Year 3 are currently learning the recorder. They began in September and gave their first ever performance in our Key Stage 2 Carol Service with a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’. Recorder lessons are being delivered by Mrs Robson from the Tees Valley Music Service. Bader have a strong relationship with TVMS and the Year 3 children are enjoying the fantastic opportunity of learning a tuned musical instrument. The Year 3 teachers have also been learning the recorder in order to take over from Mrs Robson in the New Year and continue to teach the recorder to Year 3 children. The children are sounding great and progressing every week. We can’t wait to hear how they sound in the summer!


Thirteen Year 4 pupils are currently learning to play the trumpet. They are receiving weekly trumpet lessons in class. Through this, the children are learning how to read music, being taught music theory and learning how to play a brass instrument. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Bader pupils. We are very grateful to TVMS and Conyers School for the backing towards this new initiative for this year and the loan of trumpets. The trumpets had their first performance at the Key Stage 2 Carol Service, which again was a wonderful experience for our fantastic Bader pupils.

Thornaby Band

This year, we plan to launch a Thornaby Schools Band in partnership with the Tees Valley Music Service. This initiative is to bring the children from local schools who are learning brass instruments together each week forming a brass band. This will be held at Bader and we can’t wait to see the band begin and grow!

Drumming at Bader

Year 5 and 6 are learning Samba drumming and Taiko drumming. Each class receives a weekly lesson, which means school can be very noisy! This month, Year 6 are visiting the ‘Rock Factory’ at TVMS in Stockton. This is an exciting day of music making, learning how to play various instruments, composing and performing Music.

First Thing Music

Bader is involved in a fantastic project for Key Stage One this year. The aim of this project is to evaluate the effect of First Thing Music on reading and social skills of Year 1 pupils. First Thing Music is a structured music education programme based on the Kodály approach. Bader Year 1 pupils are learning the basics of music through daily singing and musical games, and their teacher Miss Bryson is being trained by members of the British Kodály Academy. The results of this project will make a contribution to understanding the value of music in improving pupil attainment. We are eager to see the results at the end of the year and we are very pleased and proud to be a part of this exciting project.

Bader Choir

All children at Bader sing on a weekly basis in assemblies and also hymn practise. However, Bader is especially proud to have a successful choir who rehearse every Tuesday. Christmastime is a busy period for our school choir as we are performing at the Carol service in addition to visiting the local nursing homes to sing to the residents. This is something that Bader choir love doing and find it very rewarding delivering the Christmas message to the elderly in our local community. Miss Robson took 60 children to Thornaby Pavillion to take part in ‘Snappy Christmas’ organised by TVMS. This was a rewarding musical experience, singing together with many other primary schools in Stockton and being accompanied by a live band. We are grateful to TVMS for the fantastic musical events offer.