Music

At Belmont, music plays an important part in enriching our pupils’ experience. We are very proud of our partnership with Bird College which allows us to provide singing workshops and give every pupil the opportunity to learn to read music and play and instrument during their time at our school. Our music offer includes:

  • Weekly singing workshops and singing practice
  • Recorder lessons for every pupil in Year 3
  • Djembe drumming lessons for every pupil in Year 4
  • Peripatetic music lessons for pupils in KS2 (trumpet, violin, clarinet,
  • A school orchestra
  • A school choir for pupils in KS2

Over the course of each year, pupils participate in a range of events both in school and in the wider community. We believe these are important opportunities for the children to develop their confidence and enjoyment of performing. This also helps our pupils to work towards the Belmont Learning Goals of Co-operation, Communication, Adaptability and Resilience.

Co-operation – working together to produce a performance with children playing different roles and supporting each other to do their best

Communication – communicating with the audience through performance

Adaptability – being able to perform in different settings and for different audiences

Resilience – having the courage and determination to perform in front of others and tackle new and challenging pieces

 

Over the last year, our pupils have enjoyed participating in the following:

 

Bird College Music Festival

In September, 25 pupils performed at the Royal Festival Hall. This was in collaboration with other Bexley Schools and included singing in a massed choir and a djembe drumming performance.

"I really enjoyed The Royal Festival Hall because it was fun to do and a great experience for a 9 year old. The Festival Hall was so big! I felt like I was going to faint because of the size. I would definitely go again but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Tom, Mexico class

 

Curriculum Evening Choral Performance and Music Recitals

In June and November, the choir performed two songs for their families at the termly Curriculum Evening. There were music performances by pupils learning the recorder, trumpet, clarinet and violin.

 

Christmas Performances

In December, the choir performed two songs at the Year 3 &4 and Year 5 & 6 Christmas performances. There were musical performances on clarinet, trumpet and violin:

Clarinet – Away in a Manger performed by Keira Maxted and Hannah Ford-Hunt

Trumpet – Jingle Bells performed by Jacob Little

Violin – We Three Kings performed by Akinola Akinfenwa

"When I played my trumpet in the school performance, I felt nervous because it was my first time playing in front of more than 6 people. I was playing in front of 250 people and managed to get it right. When I played I was really nervous, I was shaking and I felt so much adrenaline. I thought in my head after first pause; “Okay, I’m doing well so far.” After that I played without making any mistakes and was very relieved that I completed it. I feel proud now when everyone who heard it congratulated me."

Jacob, Grenada class

 

Belmont Music Captain

This year, we introduced the role of Music Captain to assist with the co-ordination of music events and promote music so more children are encouraged to learn an instrument. Akinola was chosen as Belmont Music Captain because of his commitment to learning the violin and for being a good role model to others.

"My name is Akinola and I enjoy being Music Captain because I get to show parents around the school when they need to decide which school they would like their children to go to. I feel proud to do it. I have also played the violin for four years now and I am therefore allowed to play in school as well as skip grade 2 for my violin exam.

I think the best thing about being the Music Captain is that I always get to play 1st violin in the school orchestra."