Music is a strong and important part of the St Paul's curriculum. We have a number of children who can play an instrument and we offer drum, flute, violin, keyboard, cornet and guitar lessons to the children in Key Stage 2.
Every child in Year 5 plays the ukulele and has weekly lessons. Music in Key Stage 2 is taught by a music specialist - Mrs Sands. In Key Stage 1 and Reception Music is taught using Charanga. To supplement these lessons, in all year groups a variety of music genres, inspiring musicians and famous pieces of music are taught to enhance our children's Cultural Capital. These are taught in music lessons and at other times throughout the school day. We are continuing to develop this in order to make links to the new aspects of our school curriculum.
In 2019 we went to the Barbican to hear live music played by the London Symphony Orchestra; Key Stage 1 heard Peter and the Wolf and Key Stage 2 saw Presto and Zesto in Limboland. Last year we went to see The Snowman ballet and listened to how the music enhanced the dance.
We have some super singing throughout the year at school: at our EYFS and KS1 nativities, the KS2 Carol Concert, the Easter play, the Year 5 and 6 production and in each of our creative curriculum assemblies. We also sing as part of our collective worship.
Children have many opportunities to perform. The ukulele group and the choir are always at the Advent Market, the Summer Fair and other key events. Every year we hold a music concert which showcases the music within our school and there are also assemblies where children can show off their musical talents. Last year the choir in the Hertfordshire Schools' Gala at the Royal Albert Hall and in previous years have taken part in Young Voices at the 02 Arena.
Even during the first lockdown we continued to embrace our love of music with the children learning a song called 'Looking To The Rainbow' and being videoed performing it at home. These videos were then all put together to create a school music video which will be a positive lasting memory of the year's events.
Please look at the photos and watch the videos to get a taste of the musical life of the school.