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.
At Beech Grove, we follow a whole school programme of study called ‘The Charanga Musical School Scheme’. This comprehensive programme supports clear progression and provides engaging contexts for the pupils’ learning.
We are fortunate to have a specialist music teacher on our staff team who delivers high quality music to pupils across the school.
All classes in key stage two have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The children are learning to play the recorders and glockenspiels as well as other aspects of music such as rhythm, notation, improvisation and composition. This culminates in an end of term performance to parents.
We provide children in KS2 with the opportunity to learn either the keyboard (Mandy Grant) or guitar (James Eady) from our peripatetic music teachers on a weekly basis for a small charge. They can have individual or paired lessons during the school day and are encouraged to perform during assemblies throughout the year and also at an end of term concert.
At Beech Grove we have a singing assembly every week for EYFS/KS1 and for KS2. We have a successful choir available to all KS2 children. We are very proud of our choir who regularly perform to audiences, both in and outside school. In the past, our choir have performed at Wellington Park, Wells Cathedral and for the Wellington Christmas Light switch on evening. They also perform at a number of residential homes and for various community groups as well as singing outside of the local Co-op.
Teachers also have access to 'SingUp' which is another music scheme to support singing across the curriculum and for all ages. This is also an excellent resource for non-specialist and specialist teachers, used in class teaching or during assemblies as it covers many topics and aspects of the curriculum and special occasions such as Harvest and World Book Day.
We hope that all of our pupils enjoy the experience of developing their musical skills. If your child is interested in learning the guitar, keyboard or progressing once they have completed their whole class tuition, please speak to Mrs Blake (our music leader).
Music at Christmastime
Robins, Otters, Foxes, Kites and Kestrels classes, as well as our keyboard and guitar pupils, have enjoyed making Christmas music!
Please watch and enjoy this virtual Christmas concert.
We would like to thank Mandy Grant and James Eady, our music teachers, for their support and hard work in teaching individual music lessons safely throughout this term.
Many thanks to Miss Martin for co-ordinating the editing and making of the video.
Please do not post or share these recordings on social media.
Songs from Sing Up and covered by CWCL licence.