Music is an integral part of the Junior School’s Connected Curriculum. Every child is encouraged to play a full and active part in making music and our aim is to provide our pupils with the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime.
Research has shown that children who are actively involved in music:
- read with more confidence
- learn coordination, goal setting, concentration and cooperation
- are more likely to achieve higher standards in maths and science, because music helps build reasoning skills and cognitive development, which are important to both
- get along better with their peers and have higher self esteem
- are more likely to go to university
Our curriculum is taught by specialist teachers who give pupils a broad range of musical experiences. Children develop an understanding of music through listening, appraising, composing and performing. The Music department is extremely well resourced with a myriad of orchestral instruments, keyboards and practice rooms.
The Junior School has two choirs and also provides boys and girls for Portsmouth Cathedral’s Choir and Cantatae Choir.
Performance is a key element of our Music programme and children are given the opportunity to show off their talents on a variety of stages:
- in one of our six annual year group musicals (as part of Preforming Arts)
- in one of well over 20 choirs, string orchestras, brass band and various groups and ensembles regularly performing in school and at events around Portsmouth
- on the biennial Brass Band tour (European destination)
- as part of our own Music Celebration Week
- in regular assemblies and school events
In addition, a large number of our pupils learn a musical instrument; taught by one of the many visiting music teachers each week. The children’s interest is sparked in Year 3 when free of charge, as part of our Strings Scheme, every child is give a violin, viola or cello to play, with instruction for a whole term. A similar scheme is operated in Year 4 for brass instruments. For many children this is the start of a lifelong love of music and one which takes them to places they would never have otherwise visited or gain achievements otherwise unrecognised.