All children have music lessons and we have recently purchased a range of new instruments and scheme of work so that there is clear progression throughout the years.
At Fordham CE Primary School, we have peripatetic teachers who visit the school to teach guitar, piano drums and singing and pupils are entered for the Associated Board Examinations in piano and singing.
We consider ourselves to be a singing school. Not only do we sing daily in assemblies and in music lessons. We also have a choir who regularly perform at school events including the Christmas and Summer Fayre. In December, we like to perform a medley of Christmas songs (both traditional and modern) at Withers Place Residential Homes to spread a little bit of Christmas joy and last year, due to Covid, we did a virtual carol concert to share with the children and parents.
We enjoyed celebrating World Music Day last term where the school welcomes a group of musicians for a workshop all about instruments and making music. Ely College kindly lent us djembe drums which the children thoroughly enjoyed using.
Fordham take part in the annual Young Musician of the Year competition at Soham Village College. The whole school were treated to a musical assembly as part of our collective worship and we were very proud that two of our children got through the finals.
Harvest Festival Celebrations
We encourage pupils and their families to help us to celebrate our school values by singing together! You can find the lyrics and audio file for the Harvest Songs we have worked on this year below.
If you would like to hear some of our singing, please visit our soundcloud page. Please make sure that children only visit our school page; we are not responsible for the content on the rest of the domain.
The whole school have participated in a World Music Day. Each class chose a country and explored their traditional songs and chants. During the morning, they composed or adapted a piece of music considering the melody, beat, dynamics and lyrics; each class performed to the rest of the school in a musical extravaganza in the afternoon. It was an exciting day - there was a wealth of learning happening around the school and children using the instruments with huge smiles on their faces. Thanks to Mrs. Cook for organizing this event.