We aim to provide a varied musical education at Fleetdown Primary school, introducing children to the joy of music and the value in performing with others. We follow the national curriculum attainment targets, focusing on the three main areas of performing, composing and appraising. Specialised instrumental tuition is given in Year 3 and 5.
We are heavily involved with the Wider Opportunities project, which allows for a whole year group to receive professional tuition of a musical instrument for free. This year, the whole of Year 3 are receiving specialized violin tuition. Each child has their own individual instrument which they may take home to practice. All of this is provided at no cost to the children. Eventually, it is hoped that some of these children will then continue with tuition in Year 4, whereby paid tuition is provided by Kent Music School. The school has a long track history of “continuers” and violins remain a popular instrument for private tuition in the school. These children are given the opportunity to perform in the annual carol concert or the Shine concert (see below).
Highlighting our school’s commitment to deaf awareness, we also have the Signing Choir. Children in both Key Stages 1 and 2 are given the opportunity to perform to the community. For example at Christmas, the choir perform to residents of a local nursing home. They also perform at the annual Carol concert and Shine concert.
We also provide opportunities for our children to perform at a national level. The Junior Choir have performed at both Wembley and the O2 arenas with the Young Voices Choir and Voice in a Million choir. These provide once in a lifetime chances for children to sing at a major national venue and perform with professional musicians as well as children from schools across the country.
The highlights of the musical year include the Christmas productions, the upper School Carol Concert, the Year 6 summer production and the Shine concert. The Shine concert provides a true culmination of all the musical activities taking place at the school. Last year we had irish dancing, gymnastics, individual instrumental performances, our Folk group, violinists and all three choirs: Junior choir, Signing Choir and the Infant Choir.