We are very proud of our music provision, which is a real strength at Allfarthing, where we aim to engage and inspire our children with a love of music and singing. We introduce our children to a wide range of music and songs from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including world music and the works of great composers and musicians. We employ specialist music teachers for 3 days a week, so that every class has a weekly lesson taught by a music specialist. Our specialist music room is well equipped with a range of tuned and un-tuned percussion, including xylophones, Djembe drums and drum kit, as well as keyboards.
We also employ a range of peripatetic instrumental teachers who teach a range of instrumental lessons.
All children learn to read music and play the recorder in year 3. From year 4 onwards all children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. As well as recorder, the instruments currently on offer are Djembe African drumming/percussion, drumkit, clarinet, flute, saxophone, and guitar. Children are able to enter the grading exams if they wish, but equally may just enjoy playing for pleasure.
There are a range of instrumental concerts throughout the year, which allow for the children to play together and share their musical expertise with the school community.
Our woodwind ensemble were very proud to perform at the Mayor of Wandsworth’s Christmas concert last year.
Singing is taught during music lessons, class lessons as well as during the weekly music assemblies. We provide a range of opportunities for our children to sing in public. Eg. our choir sang at the Bank of America in London, year 4 children sang at the Winter Sounds concert at Fairfield Halls Croydon and Year 5 sing every year at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as ‘in-school’ events.
The following link will take you to the government’s national curriculum for primary schools: