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 using the primary music curriculum Charanga.
The school follows Charanga Music scheme from Nursery through to year 6; it contains songs, games, chants, stories and pictures which progress through themed units. As well as this, children in:
Year 2 glockenspiels,
Year 3 - drums,
Year 4 - O-Generator
Year 5 - brass lessons,
Year 6 - ukulele
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. 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 School choir sing at the 02 with the Young Voices, visit the local sheltered housing association and perform carols to the residents. Each year they also take part with approximately 500 other children from the borough in the annual Sutton Schools' Music Festival.
Year 2 children 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.