At Sandhurst Primary School we ensure that music is a continuous, integral part of school life, in which all our children become musicians. Our staff and students are enthusiastic and excited about music and have an enduring desire to learn more. All our students gain a wide range of knowledge and skills.
We have a dedicated music room which houses the majority of our musical instruments and where specific instrumental lessons take place. Classes are also able to use the room, when they want a more immersive musical experience, or to use some of our larger instruments.
Music is primarily taught using the Charanga scheme, an exciting online music programme, alongside more focused activities to further embed skills. Charanga is invaluable when introducing and establishing basic skills, and can be used by teachers who aren’t necessarily music specialists. All musical learning in this scheme is built around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all musical learning. The scheme also provides progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school and revisits key elements every year.
We also like to challenge and enthuse our students with singing assemblies across the whole school. We also have a KS1 and KS2 choir, who perform regularly at school events and as part of other community celebrations and occasions. (Did you know that when singing as a group, our heartbeats synchronise? Amazing!)
All children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument during their journey through Sandhurst. In year 2, the classes learn the ukulele and in year 3, children have the opportunity to learn the recorder.
We also have a music specialist who works in school for 2 days a week offering instrumental tuition in flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, keyboards and steel pans. These lessons have to be paid for by parents/carers, although there are some subsidies for children who are entitled to Pupil Premium or who are ‘Looked After’ by a local authority.