Music

At Cheam Common Infants’ Academy we aim to provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. We do this by allowing them to listen to live as well as recorded music and by giving them the opportunity to create their own music and perform to others. Children are provided with a variety of musical opportunities including our weekly singing practice both in the EYFS and KS1. They also have opportunities to perform in Year group productions, Harvest and Christmas and during class assemblies.

Our music teaching offers opportunities for pupils to
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music genres, styles and traditions.
  • acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop confidence and enjoy all areas of music including performing, singing, playing, composing, listening and appraising
  • develop a musical vocabulary
  • develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other areas of the curriculum and that are needed for life and work. For example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence co-operation and sensitivity towards others

As an addition to our music lessons pupils from across the school have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and perform in “Rocksteady”, a band based tuition rock style band. Instruments include; electric guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals. As they play in their band the children learn teamwork in a happy supportive environment with their friends and develop resilience as they learn new musical skills. The lessons are for 30 minutes and take place during the school day. At the end of each term the children enjoy performing to their parents at a live concert which develops confidence.

Year Two pupils are offered the opportunity to learn to play the violin with a peripatetic teacher. Peripatetic music teaching is organised by the Sutton Youth Music Service. Parents who would like their children to participate in the scheme pay the fees on a termly basis. These lessons are taught in small groups of children. Both violin and Band lessons take place during the school day. Disadvantaged pupils can be offered a subsidy towards music tuition so that all children have access to these activities.
Year 2 also have the opportunity to join the Choir. The Choir meets for weekly rehearsals and performs during assembly, teaching the school new songs. They also sing at the Christmas and Summer fair, Harvest service, Christmas productions and the Borough Music festival. From the Choir “Singing buddies” are selected who help lead the singing at the “Singing stop” during playtime.