Music throughout the school is taught by specialist teachers. All pupils takes part in a weekly singing assembly which gives the opportunity to sing together as part of a large group. Throughout the year children may also learn various songs with cross curricular links to topics.
At EYFS and Key Stage 1 the Charanga online music scheme is used as the basis for planning. There are many fun games to learn about pulse/rhythm/pitch/tempo/dynamics/timbre/texture/structure and notation. All activities are based around a song with singing being at the heart of all the musical learning. The children have opportunities to play tuned instruments (glockenspiels, recorders and chime bars) and untuned percussion. Some opportunities are given for improvising and composing. It is a positive experience to share musical learning and work towards performances with an audience. In Reception the children are following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with many songs and rhymes relating to the various areas covered eg counting, letter sounds and phonics, gross and fine motor skills and turn-taking.
At Key Stage 2 pupils follow a balanced programme of musical activities which include singing, composing, performing and listening and appraising. They have frequent opportunities to use a range of musical instruments.
There are a range of musical clubs that run for junior pupils throughout the year, which include choir, orchestra and recorders. There are future plans for Taiko and Djembe Drumming and a Performing Arts club.
The junior choir performs on a number of occasions throughout the year. They perform at the turning on of the Farnham Christmas lights and play an important part in the annual school production. For a number of years the choir has performed at the O2 arena as part of the ‘Young Voices’ choir, which incorporates choirs from all over the UK.
Peripatetic instrumental lessons are available at school through Surrey Arts. At present there are pupils learning to play violin, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano.