Music at Pittington

Spring Term



In Nursery the children every morning sing a welcome morning song to start of the day. Here are three of the children giving you a little flavour although they were a little camera shy...

Each week the children develop their gross motor skills by singing along to the Beat Bop Baby raps. The children love this music time and sing along with confidence.  


In Reception the children have been using a special music box to explore a new rhyme every day. The class favourites so far are- ‘Okki Tokki Unga!’ and ‘My Aunite Monica!’ We have also incorporated some Nursery Rhymes into this terms learning. 

We have been looking at following a beat to different types of music which has stemmed from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. This was as a result of child's interest from their Focus Week.

Keystage 1

Year 1 and 2

Music students from Durham University have been working with the year 1 and 2 children on their singing skills. They have taught us various warm up activities and lots of different songs.

In year 1 we have been exploring composing our own rhythms that we then played on a chime bar. The children really enjoyed making their own music and were amazed when they could play it to their friends on the chime bar. 




Keystage 2

Year 3

The children in year three have been using Charanga to learn a new song as part of their music. 

They have been looking at learning the keyboard and adding chords to simple tunes. 

As part of the performance part of the Charanga unit the children have been learning to play tuned percussion. 

Year 4

In year 4 the children were following a Charanga composition unit where the children explored using glockenspiel to compose their own music. 


At Pittington we always encourage the children to showcase their interests and talents. Here is a year 4 child performing one of his latest hits. He is currently learning the guitar at home.

Year 5


On the last day of the Autumn term Mrs Rowell organised for a rock band to come into school and perform for everyone. As you can see from the photographs below we all had a lot of fun dancing, singing along and showing off our air guitar skills. 


Autumn Term

At Pittington Primary School we provide many opportunities for our children to learn a musical instrument through the Durham Music Service.

Wider Opportunities

When the children are in year 3 the music service offers a programme known as Wider Opportunities. This is a whole class programme where the children learn a musical instrument. A tutor from the service comes into school once a week from September through to February half term teaching a 45 minute lesson. This year the children are learning violin and Mr Chris Hartley is their tutor. Once the children have finished the programme they showcase their newly found skills in a concert to parents and the rest of the school.


From year 4 the children have the opportunity to learn an instrument through paid lessons provided by Durham Music Service. At Pittington we offer both brass and violin. If you are interested in your child playing an instrument please contact school or click here.


We have many children who currently learn different brass instruments in school. Mr Chris Senior is our tutor from the service and he is a fantastic French Horn player. He teaches the children in groups of ‘like’ ability. Many children progress well and have the opportunity to take their grades.

Here are the children enjoying one of their lessons.


We also have many children who currently learn violin in school and is often after completing the wider opportunities programme. Mr Chris Hartley is our tutor from the service and he is a fantastic violin and piano player. He teaches the children in groups of ‘like’ ability. Many children progress well and have the opportunity to take their grades.

Here are the children enjoying one of their lessons.


Enrichment in school

Keystage 1 Music

As part of the National Curriculum we have three strands of music Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing.


Warm ups

In our music lessons we have lots of fun playing warm up games to help us feel the pulse of the music.

Listening and Appraising

For our Autumn term music we having been learning a rap called Hey You. As part of our Listening and Appraising we listened to the rap the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. We were able to talk about the different instruments we could here and think about the structure of the rap.    


After we have learnt our song we then add some musical instruments. We have learnt all about the different percussion instruments, what they are called and how to play them. Here we are concentrating hard on our performance and playing our instruments on the first beat of each bar.


Carnival of the Animals

Musicians and actors from Durham University came into school to perform Carnival of the Animals to the whole school. They talked about which animals each instruments and compared the different sounds each made. We joined in with the different parts of the story and they asked lots of musical questions.

Durham Cathedral

Children in upper keystage two were given the opportunity to complete a project with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This involved our brass and violin children performing with the orchestra and the rest of the children were included in a massed choir. Members of the orchestra came to school to work with the children and this concluded with a concert in the wonderful Durham Cathedral. The Cathedral was full of parent and carers from all the schools involved. The children had an experience they will never forget.