Music is a very important part of life at Westbourne. It is a creative and social art to be enjoyed and children at the school have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. All children participate, from simple banging of 'instruments' in Nursery and Reception, to the composition of songs and raps on the computer in Year 6 using the 'OGenerator' computer program.
The school follows the Music Express scheme from Nursery through to year 6, which contains activities for exploring sound, voices, instruments, elements and simple scores. It includes songs, games, chants, stories and pictures which progress through themed units.
All year 4 pupils learn a brass instrument as part of the Borough's whole class instrumental teaching scheme and some children choose to continue these lessons into years 5 and 6. Pupils in Key stage 2 are offered tuition in flute, brass and violin by the Borough's Peripatetic Music Staff, depending upon availability.
Christmas productions are put on each year by all the children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS, with the Nursery Classes performing songs they have learnt to parents and carers at a coffee morning and afternoon. Key Stage 2 children take part in a carol concert and the Drama and Dance clubs put on a Christmas musical which is written by staff.
Our Junior Choir visit the local sheltered housing association and perform carols to the residents. In March each year they also take part with approximately 500 other children from the borough in the annual Sutton Schools' Music Festival which is held at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon.
Year 2 children also take part in the annual Infant Music Mornings along with 14 other local schools. These are organised by staff at Westbourne and take place in our school hall.
The school orchestra goes from strength to strength and performs in special music assemblies to parents at the end of each term. They have also performed for the residents of the local sheltered housing association.
Creative Arts Week
We plan a Creative Arts week every 2 years. This is done in collaboration with the Music, Literacy and Art co-ordinators. We invite 'Bassistry Arts' in to set up music workshops for every child to take part in covering musical themes such as song, rhythm and dance. Some children even get the opportunity to play a drum kit! For the first time this year, we also had a visit from 'The Junk Orchestra' and children in Year 4 and 5 had the opportunity to make their own percussion instruments and play them!