At Thorntree we have a music specialist who joins us for one day a week. Our music lessons encourage active involvement in different forms of music-making (singing, listening, percussion, instrumental), both individually and communally.
Additionally children in Key Stage 2 are given the opportunity to learn an instrument, depending on the availability of tuition, which is funded by the school. Year 3 are learning the recorder and Year 4 have ukulele lessons. We have just introduced keyboard lessons for Year 5. Older children showing aptitude are signposted to external music providers and the Blackheath Conservatoire. Whenever possible children are given the opportunity to see and hear others perform.
Singing plays a large role in school life. During our annual May Day celebrations the whole school comes together to dance and sing. Every Christmas our Junior children hold their Carol Concert at Saint Thomas’, our nearest church. Our Easter and Harvest assemblies/performances feature many modern and traditional songs. Talent contests give the children the opportunity to show their wide-ranging musical abilities. We participate in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 and the nationwide Sing Up Day.
Music was deemed to be a particular strength of the school in our last Ofsted report.