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.
Musical Theatre Club:
At the start of this term, our children in Musical Theatre Club have been working very hard on characterisation, moving with purpose and singing singing in character. The children love to attend this after school club to expand on their skills that they learn in school.
Our Latest Production: The Wizard of Oz!
On 14th July 2022, Beamish Primary School performed ‘The Wizard of Oz’. All our KS2 children loved being apart of this wonderful show and worked so hard with all the singing, dancing, costume and set making!
The Big Sing at The Sage Gateshead 2022
In May 2022, our Year 3/4 Beamish and Pelton children attended the Big Sing at The Sage Gateshead! This was a wonderful morning out for the children to experience and take part in live music. The children learned a range of different songs based on recycling and saving our planet.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
In May, our Federation took part in ‘A Music Celebration Through the Decades’. This meant that each year group learned a song from a decade and performed in our celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. All of our children learned about how Music has changed through the decades from when the Queen became the Queen. We were able to identify similarities and differences to the music then and now. This was a fantastic day for all our children, parents, carers and staff to be part of!
Durham Music’s Big Play 2021
On the 21st June 2021, we joined 1000’s of children from Durham and Darlington for Durham Music’s Big Play. This was such an exciting event as we decided that we were going to make our very own musical instruments from recycled objects. This allowed us to find materials that we could combine different sounds with to experiment with feelings and moods.
We also listened to music throughout the decades to inspire which instrument we would make. We travelled right back in time to the Medieval style of music and all the way up to modern day music, comparing what was similar and what was different.
Our children created instruments such a ukuleles, drums, shakers and guitars! Please take a look at some of our recycled, creative instruments below.
Music Club 2021-2022
This term, we are so excited to start Music club after school! Each week, children are welcome to come along and learn different songs from different decades. Singing is a great way to express emotions and relax. Music club is an opportunity to sing with others in a range of musical styles. The aim is to have fun and improve confidence and self esteem!
In our very first week, we have started to learn a very powerful, inspiring song from Billy Elliot the Musical called ‘Electricity’.
Durham Music Christmas Choir Competition 2021!
This year, Durham Music created a choir competition for Primary and Secondary Schools to enter to have the chance to go to Durham Cathedral to sing for their School! This was such an exciting opportunity for us to take part in and the children in Music Club worked so hard! We are so very proud of them all!