The children at Petham Primary School are encouraged to engage with and participate in a wide range of musical activities. Each class has a weekly music lesson, so that children from Reception right up to Year 6 have the opportunity to listen to, respond to, compose, and perform pieces from a variety of musical genres.
The school has a growing and diverse collection of musical instruments and the children are encouraged to experiment with these during opportunities for musical response and composition. We have a weekly extended singing assembly which is an opportunity for the whole school to join together to learn and sing songs as a group which are then performed at concerts, church services and other events. Regular events that our singers perform at include the annual Gulbenkian Christmas Carol Concert, where Petham school children join choirs from other local primary schools, and the Young Voices concert which is staged at the O2 arena in London, where we sing along with several thousand other children from all over the country.
Children in Year 2 have begun learning the descant recorder, as an introduction to reading music and playing an instrument. Years 3 and 4 benefit from the opportunity to learn an instrument (this year it is the violin) as a weekly whole class activity and Years 5 and 6 will shortly be offered the chance to learn the ukulele as we have recently taken delivery of a set of brand new ukuleles. In addition, we have specialist instrumental teachers who provide private lessons in school on piano, ‘cello and violin.
We participate in the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ programme, which gives children an insight into a range of classical pieces. We are also fortunate to be a ‘Sing Up’ school and make good use of the resources and activities this organisation provides during singing assemblies and to support our topic learning across the wider curriculum.
An after school Music Club provides an opportunity for children of all ages to come together to share their musical ideas and to be gently guided towards performing on a range of instruments together.