At Sandridge School our aim is to provide a music curriculum that will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to develop an enjoyment and sense of positive wellbeing by a shared love of singing, composing, and performing, and provide children with as many opportunities as possible to perform in front of an audience.
We aim to not only equip children with musical skills but also allow them to develop personal skills such as confidence, self-esteem, leadership, team working, concentration, listening and problem-solving skills.
We follow a hybrid system of the Charanga Model Music Curriculum and original scheme. This was chosen as a recommended scheme by Hertfordshire Music Service and based on the knowledge and skills of the pupils at Sandridge. This scheme ensures the children are involved in activities which embed the interrelated dimensions of music.
Music extra-curricular is highly valued and promoted at Sandridge. Our purpose-built music studio means these activities are focused and uninterrupted.
Children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument with peripatetic lessons provided by the Hertfordshire Music Service in our music studio. We currently have children learning a range of instruments including percussion, woodwind (flute, dood & clarinet), piano/keyboard, strings (violin, guitar & ukulele) and brass (cornet).
We have a KS2 choir which meet once a week. Since September, the choir have performed in two outdoor concerts for the school community and are taking part in the Young Voices concert at the O2. Our newly reformed KS2 band also runs once a week and is run through Hertfordshire Music Service, meaning the children are receiving expert guidance learn new songs and to perform as a group.
We have also worked closely with Hertfordshire Music Service to provide children with a wide range of musical opportunities. We have used First Access to enable classes to have weekly djembe drumming sessions. We have also taken part in the Chorister Outreach project culminating in classes performing at St Albans Cathedral.