"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 connected curriculum, we offer peripatetic teaching (through our partners at Surrey Arts and private teachers) for a range of instruments and once a week we also have Rocksteady come in to deliver band sessions.
Our Music Specialist provides the following extra-curricular opportunities:
- Whole School Choir
- Purple Harmony (Yr 5/6 audition choir)
- Music technology
- Recorder club
Each term there is a concert for the children to showcase to their parents. At Christmas the music clubs collaborate with other arts clubs in the school for deliver a Christmas concert. In Spring and Summer the music clubs are joined by solo musicians to perform pieces that they have been learning in their private music lessons.
Every year we perform an end-of-year Year 6 production. Recent shows include Bugsy Malone, Oliver and Aladdin.
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, where the children’s singing voices are developed.
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.