Music is taught by our specialist teacher, Mrs Bartholomew in hourly lessons once a week for each class in Year One, Three, Four, Five and Six.
Great value is placed on the positive impact that music can have on every aspect of learning at St Paul’s School.
In music lessons, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. Resources from Music Express and Charanga music schemes are used to ensure a consistent musical development throughout the school. The children are introduced to a wide range of musical styles and genres from different times and places, including the classical Western canon during music lessons and singing assemblies. A wide variety of notations, including picture, graphic, rhythm and staff notation are integrated, wherever appropriate, with practical music-making activities.
The whole school enjoys a Singing Assembly once a week on Thursday mornings from 9.00am to 9.30am. We sing worship songs in different styles, sometimes in two parts, as a round, with actions or with special accompaniment.
Our choir, St Pauls Singers, meets twice a week and sings a wide range of music. The choir performs in our end of term church services, at our Christmas Celebration, Spring Concert and at the Festival of School Choirs in the Rose Theatre.
As part of Kingston’s Wider Opportunity Programme, all children in Year Four are given the chance to learn to play a string instrument, either the violin or cello, and perform in an end of year concert. Instruments are provided by KMAS.
Year Five and Six children are given the opportunity to continue to learn to play a string instrument as part of our ‘Follow-on’ and ‘Follow-on-Again’ groups or individual lessons.
We enjoy offering peripatetic lessons through Kingston’s Music Services, with pupils currently learning to play the flute, violin, cello, ukelele, guitar and piano.
St Paul’s Orchestra meet every Wednesday morning, directed by Mrs Bartholomew.