“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
Music education enhances and develops confidence, communication skills, instils the discipline to persevere, and embeds performance skills that are transferrable to all areas of life.
At Beanfield Primary our intention is that all children develop an understanding of music through listening, appraising, discussing, performing and composing music across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Children develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding of the importance of music in any person’s life, as well as in the wider community, and that they are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
We pride ourselves in having a broad and balanced curriculum which caters to the varying needs of our children. By creating music from an early age children are encouraged to explore the musical world around them, experiment practically with instruments and find confidence in their abilities to create their own music.
Music is taught as part of wider topic themes as well as assemblies at the end of each week (via a virtual means) to listen to and appraise a range of music, and to participate in a variety of practical activities. The inter-related dimensions of music are taught to children to give the skills to dissect and discuss music, before putting it back together through their own performances.
Children are given numerous opportunities to build their confidence and perform in front of other pupils, relatives and members of the public. During a typical academic year, pupils participate in the following performance opportunities:
- Years 3 and 4 perform at St Ninian’s Church for the Harvest service.
- Years 5 and 6 perform at St Ninian's Church for the Carol service.
- Years 1 and 2 perform a Christmas play with singing and dancing.
- Reception children perform at St Ninian’s for the Easter performance.
- Year 6 children perform in their end of year play.
- Our extra-curricular clubs Glee and Mini-Glee perform at times during the year, including at Christmas, Young Voices, Summer Spectacular, performances to parents and in assemblies.
- Whole school talent show.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, such performances are currently on hold. It is endeavoured that as soon as such activities are permitted to continue, these will be re-introduced to our pupils.
All Year 3 children learn the recorder for a term and specialist peripatetic instrumental teachers also visit the school weekly. Children can opt to have lessons on guitar, keyboard, upper strings and woodwind.
Specialist teachers will commence their visits for this academic year as soon as the conditions allow.
Children are also exposed to live and recorded music at every possible opportunity.