Home Learning Resources

As we find ourselves in another lockdown and families across the city are working and learning from home, Bristol Beacon’s Creative Learning team have compiled their top picks of resources to help when you get stuck for activities to do!

For Early Years

London Rhymes

London Rhymes  is a collection of original songs for families, co-written with parents, their babies and professional musicians, all around London.  The website features short live interactive music sessions and a host of fun songs for children under 5 and their families.

Find out more here

For Primary

A New Song for Bristol

A New Song for Bristol is Bristol Beacon’s invitation for everyone to write words and songs that capture feelings about our lives. Our resource pack is full of creative activities and ideas to get you inspired, aimed at anyone aged 7+.

Find out about A New Song for Bristol here

Download the resource pack here

Start with Singing

Devised by Bristol Plays Music tutor Nonny Tabbush, Start with Singing introduces the elements of music in nine easy to follow short films using fun songs including ‘Who Stole My Chicken?’, ‘Five Little Monkeys’ and ‘Pitter Patter’. Through an engaging series of songs and games, children are able to explore the fundamental building blocks of music such as pitch, timbre and rhythm alongside enjoying performance, breathing and the physicality of singing.

These short films will help children with the foundations of music, preparing them for the next step of learning a musical instrument.  They can be used at home just as easily as in the classroom. It’s even more fun when others join in, so raise your voice and start singing!

Start with Singing is part of the Earthsong programme, an initiative between Bristol Music Trust and the Earthsong Foundation.

Click here to head to the Start with Singing resource page 

Minute of Listening

We’ve made 60 minutes of Bristol sounds from Minute of Listening available for free during lockdown. There are sounds from all over Bristol – some you might recognise and others, like inside the Cameron Balloons factory, you can hear for the first time.

Each activity is fun, adaptable, suitable for most children and has flexible levels of difficulty. KS1 children will need some support; KS2 children might want to try these with less help.

Head to our Minute of Listening resource page here

BBC’s Ten Pieces Tasters

Previously known as Ten Pieces at Home, Ten Pieces Tasters are simple, fun, creative activities for primary age children. The activities are easy to follow and do not require any specialist knowledge or equipment. Each activity is led by an artist or specialist in their field and offers different ways to get creative with classical music.

Find out more here

Sing Up #FeelgoodFifteen

Get involved from the 12th January at 9am for the first #FeelgoodFifteen live session to start off the day with song and get children feeling good and ready for a day of learning. Tune in for fifteen minutes of warming up and singing with one of Sing Up’s fantastic vocal leaders, streaming on Sing Up at Home.

Friday Afternoons

Friday Afternoons is a Snape Maltings led singing project connecting teachers and young people with contemporary composers, through creating high quality repertoire, resources and training to encourage challenging and exciting music making experiences for all.

Head to the website for the full set of resources

The Royal Opera House 

The Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing programme provides a creative learning programme, created with teachers, providing songs for children in primary schools across England.
They cover classroom-based and digital activities, with strong curriculum links, to give better understanding of singing and opera for kids, unlocking their imagination and creativity.
With teacher training, classroom films, lesson plans and resources to use in ways that suit the needs of the teachers and their students.

Teachers and parents do not need any previous knowledge of opera in order to take part.

Delve deeper into the world of opera here

For Secondary

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Whilst the BBC National Orchestra have been unable to play in the concert hall, their players have been busy recording a range of content from the first lockdown, from their homes for you to enjoy!

They’ve been sharing full orchestra montages and smaller ensemble pieces to celebrate occasions such as Welsh Heroes Day, Bastille Day and the Summer Solstice. They’ve also been finding out how well they really know other members in their section in “The Me and You Review”, getting a sneak peek into their gig bags and learning from the many tips they’ve shared in their “Tip Tuesday” series.

Find out more here

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have created a number of ‘Meet the Music’ videos in which BSO Associate Dr Jon James explores several key works performed this season, giving you additional insight before the concert itself.

Works covered are;

  • Holst: The Planets,
  • Copland: Rodeo
  • Mahler: Symphony No.1
  • Debussy: Images
  • Beethoven: Symphonies 1-5
  • R.Strauss: Elektra

Find out more here

Song Exploder

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life. Guests include Fleetwood Mac, U2, Metallica, Solange, Lorde, Yo-Yo Ma, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

Listen to the podcasts here

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has a huge range of great resources to support your childs learning.  The music section covers entire ranges of activities such as composing music from scratch, song writing, performing music and improvisation to music technology.

Find out more here 

BBC Bitesize GCSE Music topics include elements of music, music appreciation, classical orchestral music, music for dance, contemporary music and world music.

Click on your exam board to access relevant resources here

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

More info Enter site