Purpose of Study (National Curriculum)
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
“Music education should be mainly concerned with bringing children into contact with the musician’s fundamental activities of performing, composing and listening.”H.M. Inspectorate in Music from 5 to 16. (DfES)
Children experience music in so many different ways in their daily lives, whether listening to their favourite songs, singing, dancing, relaxing, exercising to music, watching a movie (music is used very creatively for special effects) or even being outside and hearing nature ‘sing’! Music is everywhere and can help us all in so many ways – mentally, socially and physically.
- Whole school
- Tees Valley Music Service Activities
- Extra-curricular Music
- Performances to the school and wider community
At Bewley, children experience music in many different ways:
Whole School Music
- Celebration assemblies provide an opportunity for children to perform a favourite song through music or dance and also play instruments
- Year 6 children have taken on roles as ‘Music Leaders’ and have arranged competitions for children across the school. In celebration assemblies, they explain the activities and also create and distribute certificates for winners.
- KS1 and KS2 song practices bring the children together to enjoy singing
- Events such as ‘Sign to Sing’ or Red Nose Day also provide opportunities for whole school shared music making with particular songs being prepared for special days. Sign Language has proved to be an excellent way to express the words and emotions of music and is used in some of our song practice songs.
- In EYFS, children sing through daily routines and music is a vital tool to aid learning and memory and begin to embed some key elements of music, most importantly a sense of pulse and rhythm.
- Topic work in every year group lends itself to particular opportunities for music making – listening to music from a particular historic era or different cultures around the world, learning about different instruments and how they work (Science/ D.T.), listening to, creating and performing music linked to a theme e.g. rivers, planets, seasons, special celebrations.
- Giving children opportunities to create and perform music develops self-confidence, team work and a real sense of achievement. Children may perform to their class, in assemblies and where opportunity arises, for parents (‘live’ or through recordings) and other community groups.
- Classroom music is supported with a progressive scheme (Charanga), accessed via the Tees Valley Music Interactive site. For each half term, there is a song to listen to and appraise along with activities which develop the inter-related dimensions of music (see below) alongside instrumental and vocal skills.
This diagram shows the inter-related dimensions of music and the progression of skills:
Here is what each of the inter-related dimensions mean:
|The Inter-related Dimensions of Music|
|Pulse||(duration) – steady beat|
|Rhythm||(duration) – long and short sounds over a steady beat|
|Pitch||High and low sounds|
|Dynamics||Loud and quiet|
|Tempo||Fast and slow|
|Timbre||The character of a sound (e.g. different instrument sounds)|
|Structure||How the sections of a song or piece are ordered|
|Texture||Layers of sound, how thick or thin music is (number of sounds playing at once)|
|Notation||How music is written down|
Tees Valley Music Service Tuition
Each year, Tees Valley Music Service provides workshops, instrumental tuition and further performance opportunities for children. As part of the vision for Bewley, every child has an opportunity to experience instrumental playing (tuned and untuned instruments). Tees Valley Music Service provide:
- ‘Snappy Classroom’ for Reception
- ‘Snappy Classroom’ for Year 2
- 10 weeks whole class instrumental tuition for Year 3 (samba drumming/ ukulele)
- Recorder tuition for Year 4
- Individual brass tuition
- ‘Snappy Spring Sing’ for KS1
- ‘Snappy Christmas’
- Yarm School Showcase for Year 3 instrumentalists and individual brass students
Extra-curricular Music Making at Bewley
Extra-curricular music has included:
- Weekly choir practice for Y3 – Y6 children
- Ukulele Club for Y4-6 children. This has been supported by Hartlepool Ukulele Group and our own Year 6 ‘experts’ who have taken on roles as teachers with Y4 learners
Sharing Music With The Community
Children love opportunities to share their talents and gain so much confidence and enjoyment through performing and seeing the happiness on the faces of their audience! Here are some of the opportunities children at Bewley have had:
- Children in EYFS to Y5 performing at Christmas to parents
- Choir singing at Allington House Care Home every Christmas (this has been a real hit with adults and children alike!)
- Choir singing at the Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service
- Choir singing at the ‘Stockton Sparkles’ event each Christmas
- Ukulele club performing with Hartlepool Ukulele Group for the school community
- Choir and ukulele spring term performance for parents
- KS1 children performing for parents at Thornaby Pavilion for ‘Snappy Spring Sing’
- Choir performing at ‘The Sage’, Gateshead for the annual ‘Big Sing’ event
- Year 6 performing at the end of year Leavers’ Presentation for school and parents
Bewley Music Making: Photo Gallery
Through the rich opportunities that our music curriculum offers, when children leave Bewley Primary School they will have a love of music and increased levels of self-confidence. They will be inspired by different genres of music, analyse music and compose a variety of music.