Our music curriculum is underpinned by the four main skills of composing, performing, listening and appraising. Every child takes part in class music and has the opportunity to learn through singing, movement, directed listening and playing both tuned and untuned instruments. There is also the opportunity for children to receive private or small group instrumental tuition through Surrey Arts and can learn an instrument from the choice of flute, clarinet, guitar, keyboard, and violin.
Extra-curricular music groups take place at school throughout the year. The school choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the 02 Arena in January 2014. This was an exciting opportunity for forty pupils from our school to join with 6000 children from schools in the South East. The evening was a great success and we were very proud of all the children that took part.
We also have various music workshop days throughout the year such as: African drumming and a rock band workshop.
A range of music is played at the start and end of each assembly and there is a singing assembly every Tuesday. The songs reflect a variety of cultures, times and styles.
Year 3 children explore rhythm and notation, play percussion instruments and learn about music in South America. The composer focus is Hans Zimmer in the Spring term and the music artist focus is Paul Weller in the summer term. Year 3 form the choir and cast for the lower school Christmas production.
Year 4 children look at music in a historical context through singing and movement, and explore music from another culture and from the Tudor times. They also develop their musical skills through playing the recorder for a term. The music artist focus is Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the musical instrument focus is Lyre. Year 4 form the choir and cast for the lower school Christmas production.
Year 5 children spend a term learning to play the recorder. They also explore music from other cultures through movement and improvisation and practice their vocal skills. The composer focus is Holst. They also develop their musical skills through playing the recorder for a term Year 5 are a part of the upper school Christmas concert at the Holy Trinity Church.
Year 6 children perform at the Vyne where they sing harvest songs; in the upper school Christmas concert at the Holy Trinity Church; the Year 6 summer production and in the Year 6 leaver’s assembly. They also develop their musical skills through playing the recorder for a term. The composer focus is Mendelssohn. Children also learn an ancient Egyptian song and create additional lyrics in the same style.