Music lessons are taught by the amazing Miss Hodgson who has transformed singing and the study of Music over the last seven years. Each class receives a weekly lesson with her and learn valuable skills in composition, singing and the use of percussion instruments as well as developing an appreciation of classical musical genres and composers.
Early Years and KS1 children focus on developing rhythm and pitch as well as an ability to play percussion instruments with care and accuracy. There is a strong focus on singing and encouraging the children to build their own song bank which includes Nursery Rhymes and simple well known children’s favourites.
In KS2 the children continue to develop their singing as well as beginning to learn to play as an ensemble. In Year 3 the children learn patterns and rhythms on the claves before moving to African Drumming. Year Four learn to play the recorder and Year Six learn to play as a class Samba Band.
Every Music lesson begins with listening; the children are taught how to appreciate and interpret a piece or extract of classical music from a range of musical periods. The children use Classical100 (a bank of 100 well loved pieces created by Classic fm) to help explore, discover and listen to music – and ultimately to develop their own personal interests, tastes and opinions. The 100 pieces embrace a rich diversity of styles ranging over ten centuries, from Hildegard of Bingen to Graham Fitkin, via Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more.
Our school is proud to be a Sing Up school. Sing Up is an organisation which promotes singing in primary schools and offers the children access to a repertoire of over 800 songs whilst at school. We sing many of these songs in assemblies, in classrooms and as part of their Music progression from Nursery to Year 6. Quite often Sing Up songs are performed at special events such as our Termly Mass services, but are also integrated in to everyday life at school including playtimes! We are delighted to be working towards our Sing Up GOLD Award.
Children enjoy regular opportunities to perform throughout the school year culminating in the impressive summer term’s ‘Expressive Arts Concert’ staged in the church.
There is a 40 strong School Choir who sing each week at Mass as well as at various concerts and events throughout the year. The children most recently took part in a wonderful performance at the Royal College of Music singing original repertoire written by the composer Sally Greaves and have even had pieces written especially for them to sing.
We’re proud to boast that a number of our Gifted and Talented (G&T) singers are members of the Tri-Borough Hub’s Young Singers choir who perform regularly at prestigious locations such as the Albert Hall, The Coliseum and Wigmore Hall.
Our Wonderful Choir – True Community Ambassadors!
As part of The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr The Lady Flight’s ‘Silver Sunday’ project, the School Choir visited Leonora House to sing and mingle with residents and friends. They gave a fabulous performance of their favourite songs for well over half an hour, led a sing-a-long with the residents joining in and then enjoyed refreshments with their new found friends.
Miss Hodgson reported it was a magical and very moving time and admitted to shedding a few tears with how memorable it all was. We couldn’t be prouder of our children especially when so many people congratulated them on their amazing behaviour and great manners.
Thank you also to Mrs. Barbara Schmelling (one of our wonderful Governors who is also a former St. Saviour’s parent) and Miss Parris (our talented school pianist) for helping make this visit possible. We are also grateful to Cllr Barbara Arzymanow (Ward Member for Little Venice) who helped arrange the event.
Each term, every class has a topic themed drama workshop led by Miss. Hodgson.
Sessions link with the work that the children are learning in class; history, geography, literacy or R.E., exploring, consolidating and deepening their understanding through drama techniques and games.
The children are encouraged to empathise with characters or situations through the use of strategies such as hot seating, conscience alley, freeze frames and tableaus, Greek chorus, talking statues, improvisation, thought tracker and role play.
KS2 children begin to develop their scripting skills as they start to develop their knowledge and understanding of dialogue and stage directions.
In the past the children have explored: Heroes of Troy, Tales of Anancy, The Great Fire of London, Stone Age Fireside Stories, Astronauts in Space, Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War, Brazilian Folktales, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Jabberwocky.
Children receive specialist Art and Design lessons throughout the year and the G&T children enjoy the opportunities of experiencing high level art and design activities like our Anthony Gormley project which resulted in the four live-sized maquettes which now hang proudly on the front of the school building.