Pupils are introduced to a wide genre of music from an early age. They are encouraged to work co-operatively to appraise and produce music both as individuals and in groups. The music curriculum consists of practical music-making such as singing and playing, exploring different types of music and attempting simple composition using percussion, tuned instruments. All class teachers provide weekly whole class music lessons which cover listening to, composing and performing a huge variety of musical styles and elements.
Peripatetic tuition for groups of children who have an interest in learning to play an instrument is provided by Herts Music Service., for example violin, recorders and piano. This instruction takes place in small groups or individually during lesson time. There is a charge for this music tuition.
Children throughout the school are encouraged to take part in various extra – curricular musical activities. Children from Year 4 and up have the opportunity to join the school choir. As well as performing at school events and services, children also take part in musical activities in the wider community such as visiting local nursing homes to perform to residents and at bigger venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena.
Opportunities in drama are provided both formally and informally throughout the school. Role-play is part of themed learning in all year groups and freeze frame and hot-seating techniques help children to think about characters and characterisation. The children all participate in whole school and year group assemblies, as well as Christmas Performances, giving them opportunities to perform for different audiences. We believe drama is an excellent way to enhance children’s confidence, self-esteem and collaborative skills.
One of the highlights of the school year is the Summer Production in which all children from Years 3-6 participate. Recent productions include ‘Magpie Manor’, ‘Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook’, and ‘Lights, Camera, Action’.