Music at Sir Henry Fermor School
We offer a high quality music education to engage and inspire pupils so that they develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, which increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
The music curriculum for all year groups is made up of the following strands:
• Understanding pulse, rhythm, pitch, speed ( tempo ) loudness ( dynamics ) and sound quality through singing, body sounds and a variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
• Learning a range of cross-curricular songs and hymns, as part of the termly topics in class and in preparation for the various seasonal Christian festivals and monthly church services, as well as for the Key stage productions throughout the year.
• Learning to play melodic instruments and experience of playing some orchestral instruments in class, such as the violin and trumpet.
*Year 3 and 4 ( Descant recorder )
*Year 5 (Ukulele )
*Year ( Keyboard )
• Performing music to a wide variety of audiences with expression and confidence.
• Composing and improvising new music to demonstrate an understanding of musical skills and themes.
• Listening to and discussing a wide variety of musical performances from different genres, both live and recorded
In addition to the weekly class lessons, we are supported by the East Sussex Music School and Red Butler teachers, who offer individual and small group lessons at school on the following instruments:
guitar, flute, ukulele, drums, fife, clarinet, violin and keyboard
We are currently looking to expand the provision of instruments, to include the trumpet and singing.
There are various events throughout the year when the children get the chance to perform live in front of an audience, such as school worships, church festivals, the carol service and the end of year summer concert.
We are looking into attending and hosting vocal and instrumental workshops in the future.
We have a flourishing school choir, presently open to all children in Year 3-6, and orchestra, again open to children from Year 3-6. Both perform regularly in school and in the wider community at events, such as the Christmas Fair, carol singing at local Nursing Homes and and at the Summer Fair. Highlights have included the choir performing at the Proms4Praise concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and with the world renowned African children's choir at All Saints Church, Crowborough.
Aims for the future are to further expand the musical opportunities available, including at competition level where appropriate, and to collaborate with other schools where possible, in order to promote music and the performing arts at Fermor School.
Accompanying "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "Happy Birthday"
Playing instruments heard at the "Trooping of the Colour"
Playing the trumpet and drum in time with "God Save the Queen"
Playing instruments from the Stone Age, including the "bull roarer"
Playing the descant recorder
Playing along with "Alexander the Great" by Iron Maiden
Dancing along with a song describing Alexander the Great, Greek style
Playing the C chord on the ukulele
Learning to play the "Eye of the Tiger" on the keyboard