The music curriculum at Sandown School aims to give children the opportunities to develop and express creativity and imagination, to listen to and appreciate live and recorded music and to explore a variety of instruments. With this, we hope children will discover a passion for music, whether through singing, composing melodies or playing an instrument.

 

Music is alive at Sandown!

At Sandown we recognise the importance of building our children’s confidence through having the opportunity to perform. Each year group has a performance built into the Music curriculum which they work towards throughout the term.

Reception: Christmas Nativity

Year 1: Summer concert

Year 2: Christmas concert

Year 3: Glockenspiel/music performance to parent

Year 4: Recorder/music performance to parents

Year 5: Big Sing (at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings)

Year 6: Summer production

In addition to this, groups of children are chosen each year to represent Sandown School at the Ore Christmas lights turn on and at the Young Voices Concert. After months of hard work practising, Miss Pembrey takes a selection of children in the Young Voices Choir to London to perform in the Young Voices concert alongside 7600 other children at the 02 Arena. The children get to perform an eclectic mix of songs including pop medleys and music from around the world. The children always do Sandown proud, both in terms of their behaviour and in representing our singing ability. What an amazing experience and one we hope they will never forget!

Children who take part in Guitar, Violin and Keyboard lessons are also given the opportunity to perform in singing assemblies.

Sandown is also very lucky to have the musical expertise of Mrs Mott who has kindly written a school song which encompasses all of the school vision statements and sums up Sandown’s message of being ‘the best we can be’ perfectly. The children always sing the school song with enthusiasm and passion!

Extra curricular activities

At Sandown, staff and pupils understand the importance of extra-curricular activities in order to continually develop knowledge, skills and a love of learning. Under the music umbrella, we run a number of extra-curricular activities for the children to get involved in.

The children can join Young Voices, Glee, School of Rock or Songwriting Club at various points of the year. We also offer private tuition for children who would like to learn the guitar, violin and the keyboard and hope to be able to offer a wider range of instrument tuition in the near future! If your child would like to sign up for Music lessons please visit:

https://www.eastsussexmusic.org/home

For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.

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