The basis of musical appreciation and creativity begins in infancy, as soon as a child begins to recognise different sounds. At Pelham, we build on this experience through performing, creating in sound, listening and by providing activities and opportunities that allow the child a wider understanding of 'music' in a broad-based, multi-faceted and multi-cultural form.
The Merton Music Foundation arranges for peripatetic music teachers to visit the school to take individual or small groups of interested children for lessons on the piano, violin, keyboard and guitar, for which a charge is made.
Children in Year 4 are taught, by specialist teachers throughout the year, how to play and perform both the Djembe drum and the flute. Every child then performs at a special assembly, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt.
Every class performs a 'class assembly' for parents and carers once a year. These special assemblies always have a musical influence with singing, percussion and dance playing an important part. The assemblies are very popular and always well attended by parents.
Every Christmas, we stage three productions for each of the Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. The Christmas show is a highlight of the Pelham year and each performance is always sold out!
Once a year, usually during the summer term, the whole school is encouraged to participate in a ”Pelham’s Got Talent” or “Strictly Come Dancing” event which showcases the children’s many creative talents including singing, playing musical instruments, dancing and comedy sketches. The events are hugely popular for both parents and children alike.
Click on the link below for an overview of the music topics taught across each year group, throughout the year.
For a detailed description of the skills and knowledge taught in each Key Stage, click here to download the National Curriculum for music.