Our school has a dedicated music room and a range of instruments to make music education practical and fun. Children explore music through listening, composing and performing and, as far as possible, the curriculum is designed to enrich topics taught in the classroom. In Key Stage 1 music is delivered by class teachers, through the digital resource ‘Charanga.’ They also take part in a steel pan drumming workshop as part of their Saint Lucia topic. In Key Stage 2, children are taught by a specialist music teacher. Children make a range of music together, writing songs and exploring different structures and rhythms with the use of a junk percussion kit and a samba kit. All children in Key Stage 2 learn to play the recorder and use music technology to create their own dance track. They are also given opportunities to experience live music, with visits from a vintage World War II singer, professional recorder players and a workshop given by an Indian Tabla drummer.
n addition to class music, all children have the opportunity to sing together at various times throughout the week. Children in KS1 focus on singing together and enjoying the experience.
From Year 3 upwards, children have an opportunity to join the school choir. This is always very popular and our choir has over 100 members! The choir performs at two major concerts during the year, one at Christmas and one in the summer and these events are a popular part if the school calendar.
In addition to our main choir, we also have a Chamber Choir for Years 5 & 6, membership of which is strictly by audition. The Chamber Choir performs regularly at community events, including the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Fleet and at a local Church community group. In addition our Chamber Choir has successfully competed in local festivals and been heard on local radio!
Instrumental lessons are offered on guitar, keyboard, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute and violin, taking place during the school day. Termly concerts are arranged for children learning an instrument to share their developing skills.