Singing is central to music education at The Belham Primary School. Each week, all pupils participate in year-group singing lessons, coming together for whole-school celebrations. They also have weekly music lessons where they learn and hone essential skills to become discerning listeners, composers, and performers, using a variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, along with their voices.
In Year 2, pupils learn the descant recorder, and in Year 5, they actively engage in small ensembles with recorders or various percussion instruments. In Year 6, they compose music and lyrics, arranging them using digital tools. They also form a dance band, accompanying peers in a folk music unit.
From Year 3 onwards, pupils have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with our peripatetic staff. The school provides these instruments free of charge for the duration of their time at the school, and lessons are conducted in small groups of two to four pupils during the school day. We may subsidise fees as part of our commitment to offer instrumental lessons to all pupils, regardless of their family's financial circumstances. Pupils showing great progress through enthusiasm, hard work, and regular practise can seize opportunities to perform in concerts and assemblies.