At St David’s our aim is to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We follow the core National Curriculum values of Listening, Performing, Singing and understanding Music. In increasing depth, children learn about rhythm, pulse, timbre, dynamics, pitch and structure, through songs and musical activities. Children follow a structured programme of musical appreciation, listening to music from the Baroque period to the present day. Singing plays a key part for all children in their music education at St David’s, both in the classroom and in assemblies.
Pupils at St David’s enjoy Music lessons from a specialist teacher as well as the opportunity to participate in a number of clubs and extra-curricular activities.
Form 6 Musical
One of the highlights of the School year is always the annual musical performed by our Form 6 pupils and recent performances have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Pirates of Penzance, Pepys Show and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Later in the year, we take Form 6 to see a West End production. Previous visits have included The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and School of Rock.
Form 5 at the O2 Arena
As part of their Music curriculum, Form 5 sing in the Young Voices concert at the 02 Arena where they join around 5000 other children performing a whole variety of songs to a packed audience.
Form 4 Recorder Curriculum
In Form 4 all children learn to play the recorder during their class Music lessons. This leads to a performance to parents in the Summer Term. Several children then go on to take individual Music lessons or small group recorder lessons when they are in Form 5.
In Reception and Nursery, children learn traditional Nursery rhymes and action songs as well as being introduced to some musical appreciation.
In all the year groups, time is spent preparing for Christmas Celebrations, class assemblies and school concerts.