Fortnightly music lessons are engaging, active and inspire pupils from all abilities and backgrounds to participate in the curriculum.
Pupils all have the opportunity to perform in a “Guest Spot”, where their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement are celebrated by all members of the class. The content of the Guest Spots range from playing an instrument, singing, performing own compositions; individual and group performances.
Pupils regularly perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods including the work of the great composers and musicians. During daily Acts of worship and in music sessions, pupils learn to sing and perform using a range of musical instruments. Pupils understanding and appreciation of music is enhanced through their exploration of how music is created, produced and communicated.
Music plays a very important role in community cohesion. Our school choir visits the Day Centre and the Dementia Café to sing, much to the delight of those communities. The choir also sings at the Tenterden Christmas Market, the Christmas Tree festival in a local village Church; and the Summer Fayre. They have attended Young Voices at the O2 for the past six years, and annually enter the Lion’s Choir competition (winning the competition in 2016).
Pupils and their families are offered the opportunity to see two staged London Musicals a year at a discounted price, which are very popular trips.
Tenterden Players (our drama club for Year 5 and 6) put on an annual musical production in Term 2. Year 4 and 5 have the opportunity to take part in a Tenterden Schools Trust (Tenterden C E Junior, St Michaels Primary and Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre) musical, which this year was “Oliver”.
The whole school takes part in our Christmas performance through acting and songs in St Mildreds Church.
Music skills are built up from Year 3 to Year 6 by teaching, practising, repeating and engagement is high.