Category Archives: Expressive Arts

BBC Ten Pieces at Home: “Sing with the BBC Singers”

Please see below information from BBC Ten Pieces about week four of BBC Ten Pieces at Home.

“This week’s Ten Pieces at home activity is all about singing! With help from the BBC Singers, your students can sing the tune from Jean Sibelius’s most famous piece Finlandia.

Children can learn the melody line by line and then perform the tune as a whole with the BBC Singers in a virtual choir.

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“Share Your Musical Memories with Ten Pieces at Home”

Please see below information from BBC Ten Pieces about week three of BBC Ten Pieces at Home.

“This week’s Ten Pieces at Home activity

This week’s activity takes inspiration from Elgar’s Enigma Variations – offering a simple art and literacy activity to connect children with people they love and miss. Elgar wrote the variations about his friends, using music to describe people’s characters and creating musical portraits. Join Naomi Wilkinson and draw a portrait and write a musical memory about a friend or family member.

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Stay Creative with BBC Ten Pieces

Please find below information from BBC Ten Pieces:

The way we live and teach has changed rapidly in the last few weeks. Ten Pieces is here to help you and your students to continue to get creative and enjoy music – whether at home or in school.

From after the Easter holidays we will be launching weekly ‘Ten Pieces at Home’ activities for primary schools. Each will include a Ten Pieces film to watch and enjoy and a linked creative activity that can be completed by children at home without any special materials or preparation. A perfect, simple and easy way to keep listening, enjoying and creating music at this time.

Students, parents and teachers will be able to upload what they have created and have their work featured on the Ten Pieces Website. We hope this will be a lovely way to share work and stay connected even when we are apart.


Staying at home doesn’t mean the music has to stop…

We have put together some simple and fun ideas for how we can all be keeping music alive in our homes. Why not share with your students to give them some fun ideas to try over Easter?

Get Creative with Classical Music at Home


NEW BBC Bitesize & Ten Pieces

KS3/Secondary 1-3 Composition Guides

BBC Bitesize has created new simple, practical composition activities for KS3 students.

Each guide is linked to Ten Pieces repertoire and offers step by step instructions that students can follow at home including films, quizzes and composition activities.

Choose from music by:

Hans Zimmer

Delia Derbyshire

George Gershwin

Steve Reich

Ravi Shankar

Get Composing with Ten Pieces and BBC Bitesize

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Get Creative Music CPDs May 2019

Are you interested in developing your skills in delivering music in the classroom?

As part of the Youth Music Initiative, the Creative Arts in Schools Team (CAST) have run CPD sessions in 2018-9 using Get Creative, a new music resource for primary school teachers full of creative ideas, activities and learning outcomes to enable you to deliver musical activities with your class, regardless of your musical experience.

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‘Best in Show’ – CPD workshop for Primary and Secondary teachers with an interest in Art & Design

A half-day workshop on canine-inspired multi-disciplinary drawing for primary and secondary teachers with an interest in Art and Design.
No drawing skills necessary.
Friday 2nd May 2014
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Pay by invoice or credit/debit card
Presented by Edinburgh College of Art & Moray House School of Education
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Commonwealth Games Resource Pack

Active Schools and the CAST team have joined together in partnership to develop this “Game On Argyll and Bute” pack to support your school to get involved in all the projects and programmes on offer over the course of this academic year leading up to the games. The pack is divided into Scotland wide generic information and Argyll and Bute specific projects and programmes divided into two sections of sport and culture. Continue reading Commonwealth Games Resource Pack