"The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…Music, dance, painting, and theatre are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment."
Our environment stimulates creativity and innovation to enable our children to unleash their imagination. We believe that by developing skills in creative and performing arts we develop a child's individuality and self-confidence.
All children have opportunities to experience and perform musical instruments. As well as regular music lessons, integrated as part of the curriculum, we offer peripatetic teaching (through our partners at Surrey Arts) for a range of instruments.
Our Music Specialist provides the following extra-curricular opportunities:
- Whole School Choir
- Music Ensembles
- Show Choir
Every year we perform an end-of-year Year 6 production. Recent shows include Hairspray, Bugsy Malone, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Lion King.
At Christmas we hold year group assemblies bespoke to our school, written by staff and parents - they truly are magical events.
Our talent competition "The R Factor" has produced West End Stars!
We are extremely fortunate to have a drive to further our music education when other schools are facing the possibilities of huge cuts. Our values are reflected in the high quality teaching that is delivered for 1 hour per week per class as well as an uplifting singing assembly every week.
Within our spiral curriculum, we look at six (very broad) objectives which are:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
By revisiting these objectives every year, the pupils develop a broader understanding of music in the real world as well as aspects of theory, reading sheet music and playing a variety of musical instruments.
Our aim is to awake the musician within and inspire children to enjoy music for what it is and to be able to appreciate it to build a better understanding of the world around them.