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All pupils have two weekly music lessons and study a variety of topics, from composers and genre studies to rhythm work, theory and an exploration of world music. Various classroom percussion instruments are also used in lessons along with work on keyboards and the human voice.
Co-curricular clubs include recorders, string group, ensemble, the full School choir and the auditioned chamber choir. Concerts for all musicians include the Christmas concert, Spring concert, performing at open mornings, Remembrance services, the Walkorun, Community Tea and non-School events. Pupils are also invited to take part in the Senior School’s termly Musical Teas. Year 6 also perform at the annual Barnardo’s Charity Concert at the Royal Albert Hall or Barbican Centre where our pupils have also been selected as soloists for the past three years.
Every Year 3 and 4 pupil is given free violin lessons and instrument hire leading towards sitting the ABRSM Violin Prep Test during Year 4. Lessons are taught by professional violinists and everyone takes part in the end of year Violin Breakfast concert.
Additional instrumental lessons by specialist visiting teachers are available in violin, cello double bass, harp, guitar, recorder, flute, piano, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, saxophone, trombone and horn.
Dance takes places through a variety of clubs run by specialist teachers, include Jazz and Ballet. Dance is also incorporated into many of the drama and music concerts, such as the Year 3 performance of The Nutcracker. A professional choreographer works with Year 6 in preparation for their summer production.
All pupils have weekly lessons and perform to the rest of the School in numerous class assemblies. Years 3 and 4 also present a Harvest Festival in the autumn term and then in the summer term Year 6 produce a full-scale music and drama production. Workshops are also organised to help pupils explore complex ideas such as Shakespearian text. Further learning is enhanced through trips to see professional productions in the West End and other theatres.
Every pupil competes in the annual Prose Reading and Poetry Reading competitions, firstly speaking in front of their class, with finalists performing to the full School and winners presenting to parents at the Spring Concert.
We also have a specialist Speech and Drama teacher who works with pupils to develop their skills further, working towards LAMDA examinations. These pupils are then able to perform in the annual Recital in conjunction with the Senior School. Recently, pupils have been selected to take part in the prestigious Kingston Drama Festival too.
Art is taught as part of the curriculum in the dedicated Prep Art Room. Work is typically of an outstanding quality as demonstrated by the School’s success in multiple regional competitions.