Music is at the heart of the Curriculum at Flora Gardens Primary School. Singing is the starting point for all musical activity at our school and in all year groups the curriculum is explored through the voice and singing is the starting point for all instrumental work. There is a weekly singing assembly for the whole school and those with a real passion for singing can join the school choir. From year 1 all children have the opportunity to learn an instrument, including recorder, violin, ukulele and guitar.
Flora Gardens Primary School is in the second year of a three-year partnership with Wigmore Hall and the Tri-Borough Music Hub. This Partner Schools Programme is a new, strategic approach to working with schools, through which Wigmore Hall Learning is working in partnership with music hubs and the schools themselves to place music at the heart of their ethos, empowering them to co-create their own cultural activity across the school. This programme is taking place in four schools in four different boroughs: The Tri-borough, Havering, Tower Hamlets and Haringey. We are very fortunate to be a part of this project.
Projects in 2016-17:
KS1: What’s the Buzz?
Kew Gardens is temporarily home to The Hive, a critically acclaimed structure that encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination, through an immersive sound and visual experience. In January – February, working with Years 1 and 2 we will link with their Life and Living topic, inspired by music, art and bees. We will work with a visual artist whose work is inspired by the life of bees and a composer to create music and artwork in response to the visit to Kew to experience The Hive. A series of in-school workshops will follow the visit to Kew, resulting in a performance and/or exhibition of the work created.
KS2: Chamber Challenge
Chamber Challenge will provide an introduction to string quartet music for Key Stage 2 students and give them the experience of working alongside a professional ensemble. A leader will work with the Year 5 classes to write a piece of music which they will perform themselves alongside a professional string quartet in a performance at the end of the project. We hope to work with leader Neil Valentine and the Heath Quartet. Over four sessions, the students will compose new pieces on subjects linked to their curriculum. At the end of the project, in addition to a sharing in school the students will perform with the Heath Quartet on the Wigmore Hall stage and this performance will be recorded.
Projects in 2015-16:
Early Years Foundation Stage: Chamber Tots
Working with Nursery and Reception classes, we ran Chamber Tots in the spring and summer terms. Now in its sixteenth year, Chamber Tots is an Early Years music-making project which encourages children to develop musical skills as well as social and academic skills, building a strong foundation for their future musical development. The programme also aims to develop the skills and confidence of teachers and staff, ensuring a musical legacy after the project has finished.
Year 5 and 6: Guitar Composition Project with Paul Griffiths
Last year, Year 5 and 6 took part in a composition project with guitarist and composer Paul Griffiths. The two year groups wrote new compositions and performed these during an in-school sharing on the afternoon of June 23rd and at Wigmore Hall on July 12th. The compositions were based on the theme ‘Stepping Up’ – the Year 5s were focusing on stepping up to be the new school leaders this year, and Year 6 were focusing on leaving a positive legacy at this school before they stepped up to secondary school.
Projects for 2016-17 and 2017-18:
Years 2 and 3 Activity
This year Flora Gardens will have the experience, resources and knowledge to work with Wigmore Hall Learning and TBMH to co-create a programme of activity in Years 2 and 3. To encourage a culture of music-making throughout Flora Gardens, there will be opportunities throughout the partnership to deliver supporting activities outside of the core activity, and we will support the school to gain Arts Mark status and for children to achieve Arts Award Discover and Explore awards through the Partner School Programme activity.
Find out More
If you are interested in finding out more about this programme and how you can get involved, please contact Stacey Campkin – firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Did you know that your children can take part in choirs, play in bands, and learn instruments in your
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You can always speak to Miss Nicklen about musical matters and queries.
Whatever your child’s musical interest, there are abundant opportunities at Flora Gardens.