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Music

Music plays a prominent role in the curriculum and all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 have Music lessons with a subject specialist. Pupils enjoy playing a wide range of percussion instruments and learn to appreciate a variety of musical genres. They learn to read music and are encouraged to work together on compositional activities. There is a strong emphasis on singing throughout the school with a diversity of hymns and songs in assembly.  

With a strong team of dedicated peripatetic music teachers, the school benefits from being able to offer a wide range of instruments for the children to learn on a one to one basis. These include 'cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, trombone, trumpet, oboe, saxophone and violin, there is also the opportunity to have individual singing lessons. Children are encouraged to share their musical ability and gain in confidence through performances in assembly and during class Music lessons. Regular practice is encouraged and children look forward to performing in the concerts across the year. Particularly talented musicians are invited to perform at Prize Giving at the end of the year. Many children have performed at local festivals, where they have won Merits and Honours. Children are prepared termly for external music examinations and, due to the high number of entrants, the school is able to host a visit from an ABRSM examiner.

Children in Years 2 and 3 are taught to play the recorder in class lessons and there is a recorder club available to Years 4 - 6. 

Children who have attained Grade 1 on an orchestral instrument are invited to join the Orchestra, which plays a variety of repertoire and performs in concerts and prize-givings. There are two choirs; the Junior Choir is open to all children in Years 1 - 3 whilst the Senior Choir is for Years 4 - 6, by invitation from the Director of Music. The children learn to sing confidently and enjoy a broad range of music, which they perform at carol services, festivals and concerts. The Senior Choir regularly performs at various local events and has taken part in festivals further afield at The Barbican and The Royal Albert Hall.