At Kensington Primary we believe that all of our pupils have the potential to be talented musicians, therefore we incorporate opportunities for music across the curriculum. For example, we use choral speaking techniques to support reading, writing and oracy, and songs linked to topic help children understand key concepts.
Music is also taught as a discrete skill. This year, we have been awarded funding to embark upon our journey as a singing school, to provide two instrumental afters chool clubs (woodwind and strings) and to enrich the SEND curriculum for our pupils with autism. We employ two qualified musicians part-time and work closely with many community artists. In Key Stage 1, discrete music skills are taught through singing, chanting, rhyme and percussion.
Our achievements in Music and Performing Arts are celebrated across London, including performances at: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Tower of London, Copper Box, Troxy, Stratford Circle, Central Park, Stratford Town Hall, seniors' care homes and more. Parents and community members are regularly invited into school to watch assemblies which showcase our pupils' talents in playing instruments, singing, dancing and drama. Through our partnership with Newham Music, professional musicians come into school to work with the children on using music to tell a story. This partnership also provides opportunities for pupils to join community bands and choirs after school.
Music plays an integral role in our pupils' enjoyment and achievement as they grow and develop academically, emotionally and socially.