We have specialist music teaching and excellent resources to ensure that all our children have the opportunities to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- learn to sing and to use their voices
- create and compose music on their own and with others
- learn a musical instrument
- use technology appropriately in developing musical ideas
All children from Year 1 to 6 receive specialist music teaching during the year. Children develop musical knowledge and skill in half termly or termly units of work which focus on a core element of the curriculum:
- Music appreciation
- Use of voice
- Instrumental skills
- Use of technology
These may sometimes link with studies in other areas of the curriculum such as creating music as soundtrack for a poem they have written or studying music linked to a period of history.
Learning an instrument
All children develop key skills through learning to use percussion and xylophones up to Year 3 in their music lessons.
In Year 4, all children have the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument during curriculum time for a full academic year and work towards ensemble performances. Year 4 are taught in groups of 10 either a brass, string or woodwind instrument by a specialist instrumental tutor. Our children are learning: Violin, Cello, Baritone Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone.
This excellent, bespoke programme is led by tutors from Wandsworth Music Service and is heavily supported through generous funding from the PTA.
After a year’s tuition in school, peripatetic lessons can continue beyond the school day, either individually or in small groups for those who wish. Significantly reduced lesson prices and bursaries are available for those receiving pupil premium funding and all children wishing to continue their instrument are given the opportunity and support to do so.
Children are taught how to use programs such as Garage Band to develop their creativity working on exciting projects such as creating film scores and song writing. They have access to high quality resources such as piano keyboards, macbooks and ipads and specialist teaching.
Examples of units of work in Music Technology include:
- creating a soundtrack to a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean using keyboard and Garage band
- writing and recording an original song using garage band – melody and lyrics
Performances Throughout the Year
Although there are a variety of concerts each year, this represents a typical year:
Year 3 Singing Project Performance
Nursery and Reception Individual Class Christmas Concerts
Year 1 and 2 End of term Concert
Year 3 and 4 End of term Concert
Year 5 and 6 End of term Concert
Choir Concert (e.g. Young Voices)
Year 4 Sectional Performance Spring Term
Year 6 Singing Project Performance
Choir and Orchestra Concerts
Year 4 Year Group Orchestra (120 piece!)
Year 1 Singing Project Performance
Year 6 End of Year Production
Choir, Rock Band and Orchestra Summer Concert
Current clubs include:
Private paid lessons are available beyond the school day individually or in small groups for:
guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, viola, flute, baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, singing.