‘Where words fail, music speaks’ - Hans Christian Andersen
Music is an integral part of life at Sevenoaks Primary School. We believe music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate everyone. We provide opportunities for all children to listen, perform, compose and enjoy music, to develop their musical skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres. We are proud to be a Music Mark school, providing high-quality music education for all our children.
We are very lucky to have a large specialist music room at SPS which is equipped with a range of musical instruments and materials. The children at SPS are taught a weekly music lesson by our school specialist music teacher.
There are several opportunities throughout the Phases to play and perform a variety of musical instruments. In Phase 1, children learn through music-and-movement lessons, using rhymes, actions, tuned and un-tuned percussion to compose and perform. In Year 3, children learn to play the ocarina and perform during school events throughout the year.
Children in Year 4 receive recorder instruction, focusing on note reading, articulation techniques and breath control. Children in Year 5 learn to play the both the hand bells and the djembe, a hugely popular and versatile African drum. In Year 6, children learn to play the ukulele, learning about chords and discovering popular music styles.
Singing is taught weekly in every music lesson. Throughout the year, all children will be given the opportunity to perform and compose individually or in groups.
Beyond the curriculum, SPS offers many opportunities for children to learn to play a musical instrument. Peripatetic tutors offer guitar and piano lessons during and after school hours, and there is a weekly ‘orchestra’ club which gives children a chance to experiment with a variety of instruments (which often include the violin, saxophone, piano, drums, ukulele and guitar).
Here at SPS, we have active school choirs within each Key Stage. Both the KS1 and KS2 Choirs perform during events at school and in the community. The KS2 Choir has performed in a Christmas carol service with the Tonbridge Concert Band.
KS2 Choir performs at Christmas Bazaar
For several years, January sees the KS2 choir performing in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena. This is an amazing opportunity for children to learn how challenging choral pieces come together with practice, rehearsal and teamwork. The children who participate develop a strong sense of pride, comradeship and self-esteem.
SPS at the O2 Arena
Lights, Camera, ...Action!
Music and drama come together to provide children with several opportunities for artistic expression, allowing them to develop poise, confidence and communication skills. The Foundation Stage and Phase One nativity plays certainly are a highlight of the Christmas season.
Class assemblies provide another occasion for musical performances and the weekly Phase Group singing assemblies give children the chance to learn songs in an ensemble context, exploring pitch, harmony and rhythm.
Of course, the school year always ends on a high note with the Year 6 production! As well as participating in a full-scale musical combining song, dance and drama, children are exposed to and taught about advanced concepts of music theory and production skills.
Year 6 Production of Over the Rainbow