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Music is a very important part of the curriculum at Beech Grove. All classes in Year 3 and 4 have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with Somerset Music, on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset. The children in Years 3 and 4 are learning to play the clarinet as well as other aspects of music such as rhythm, notation, improvisation and composition. This culminates in an end of term performance to parents This music provision has enabled us to run a small wind instrument ensemble that play together in an after school club.
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 KS1 and 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.
In addition to all of the above, all our children enjoy weekly music sessions following the 'Charanga' scheme. As part of the Charanga scheme, our pupils have access to "Music World" , an interactive online programme. 'Music World' is a Charanga programme especially for children to use themselves. It’s a safe online space where children can learn more about music and practise their instrument if they are learning to play. Every child can access it for free as part of our school’s licence. Children love Music World with its avatars and fun music activities and they enjoy playing the musical games and earning coins and badges as they progress.
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, Diwalhi etc.
We hope that they 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 at the school(Music co-ordinator), or to Somerset Music on 01823 348262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you would like further information on the work of Somerset Music, please visit their website www.somerset.org.uk.