Beamish Primary School

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Children develop their creativity, musical skills and a passion for music through our Charanga scheme, which is the basis of our work in music. This passion and creativity is extended through whole school singing and participation in school performances, which develop musical, drama and performance skills further. Every child has the opportunity to explore and develop their individual skills further by taking part in additional music lessons and after school clubs, including dance and choir.

Music in the EYFS

Through Expressive Arts, children are taught to sing songs, make music and dance. Children are given opportunities to experiment with ways of changing sound and develop an understanding of pulse rhythm and pitch. Children follow a scheme of work from Charanga Music School and enjoy listening and responding to different styles of music, learning to sing, joining in with nursery rhymes and action songs which leads to playing classroom instruments and performing for others. Children are also encouraged to use everyday objects to make music and create sound, children enjoy exploring our music wall outdoors and experiment with sound using objects made from different materials such as wood, metal and plastic. Children experiment with water buts, kettles and pans, piping, guttering, bin lids and many different types of beaters.

Music in KS1 and KS2

Please see our Federation Music overview below.


Aims and Objectives

Music and Performance is a very special way of communicating that can enthuse and stimulate children in their learning. It is a way of expressing oneself and it can hugely influence the personal development of people. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres and to begin to form opinions and critic the quality of music.

Our Music aims enable children to:

  • Know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into musical structures;
  • Know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
  • Know how music is composed and written down;
  • Express feelings, ideas, experiences and beliefs in a variety of ways;
  • Improve coordination, flexibility, agility, strength and fine motor skills.

Musical Instruments at Beamish Primary School:

At Beamish Primary School, we provide Glockenspiel, Ukulele and Clarinet lessons for our children in KS1 and KS2. Within these lessons, our children are taught to able to read and place the notes E, F, G, A, B, C and D on a musical stave. These notes are introduced at different points and are revisited regularly through music lessons and after school clubs. These lessons are delivered by a specialist music teacher and also through specific skills-based lessons taken from Charanga Music Scheme.


All of our KS2 children are currently learning the Clarinet. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our KS2 children to take part in these lessons, so that they can learn new skills and develop breath control. We will be working towards a musical showcase in the Spring to present our work.


Year 3/4 in Spring 2022, were given the opportunity to learn ukulele. The children loved this opportunity to learn the different string names and chords. The children also learned 4 new songs, which were then performed in a whole school performance where our parents and carers were invited to see their progression. This included learning a song in another language whilst playing ukulele. Beamish Primary School also offered a Ukulele after school club.



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