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  • Amberley Primary School,
  • East Bailey,
  • Killingworth,
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
  • Tyne and Wear, NE12 6SQ
  • Mrs Ros Douglas, Office Manager
  • Mrs Kath Lumsden, Admin Assistant

Music and Performing Arts

Amberley's Music Curriculum


At Amberley we strive to offer children a rich and broad music curriculum which allows children to access a range of musical genres and instrumental, composition and performance opportunities. 


Merging together a range of music curriculum's aimed at primary schools has allowed Amberley to provide an innovative, aspirational and nurturing music  curriculum which allows all children to achieve their full potential. 


Take a look at the document overview attached to view Amberley's Music Curriculum Overview. 



Music lessons at Amberley


At the heart of Amberley's music curriculum we have embedded a music scheme called Charanga. This scheme links effectively with National Curriculum objectives across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. A broad range of musical opportunities and genres are sustained throughout the delivery of this scheme.


Across a unit children will get the opportunities to: 


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 

  • Listen to and appraise a range of high-quality live and recorded music. 
  • Recognise a range of musical instruments. 
  • Play a range of tuned and untuned instruments
  • Practise, rehearse and present performances to audiences in a range of solo and ensemble contexts. 
  • Grow in confidence in singing a song in multiple parts


Lower Key Stage 2

  • Begin to listen to and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Understand and apply a range of musical concepts with increasing confidence
  • Understand that improvisation is when a composer makes up a tune with boundaries. 
  • Understand that composition is when a composer writes down and records musical ideas. 


Upper Key Stage Two

  • Use and develop an understanding of formal, written notation which includes quavers, crotchets and minims. 
  • Develop an increasing understanding of the history and context of music


Below are examples of some of the music lessons delivered here at Amberley. 


Year 6 using formal notation






Year 4 appraising the piece of music 'Mama Mia'





Year 5 exploring a range of musical styles and traditions






Year 1 drawings emotions linking to a piece of live recorded music

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Singing at Amberley

Children at Amberley love to sing! Staff, parents and carers at Amberley have worked exceptionally hard over the past few years to nurture this enthusiasm of our children, so much so that last year we achieved the 'Silver Sing Up' Award. 


Look below at some of the performances we delivered to achieve this award. 



Year 1 Singing - 'Come Dance with Me'

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Y1 Singing 'Mr Double Trouble'

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Y3 Singing 'Let your spirit fly!'

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Y4AD - Singing 'Mama Mia'

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Performance opportunities


At Amberley, we take pride in offering our children the opportunity to engage with and participate in a range of performance opportunities, within a range of exciting settings. 


Click on the videos below to take a look at some of the amazing opportunities our children have had! 

Amberley KS2 Choir - Performing live on BBC Children in Need - November 2017

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Amberley Choir - WBPH - Nov 2018.MP4

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KS2 children performing at the Whitley Bay Playhouse - June 2018 - Garage band live performance

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Y6 Christmas Panto Performance 'Cinderella Rockerfella'

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