At Lady Bankes Junior School we believe that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
Children learn to perform, listen to, review and evaluate Music across a wide range of genres and traditions. There is progression in Music skills that helps children begin to understand pitch, tempo, structure and musical notation. Talented professionals visit us to play their instruments for the children and we secure any opportunity we find for children to enjoy live performances to enhance our curriculum. Music is taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum.
In all year groups, children learn to play an instrument. Pupils in Year 3 presently learn to play the PBone and are taught by a specialist from Hillingdon Music Service. This not only exposes the children to high quality teaching but also to the opportunity to continue this instrument or to learn a different one through the Music Service. At present over 40 of our pupils learn a wide range of instruments such as the violin, guitar, clarinet, drums and trombone. Pupils as a whole class in Year 4 learn the recorder, Year 5 the xylophone and glockenspiel and Year 6 the ukulele.
We are a keen ‘singing’ school and have a popular and talented choir who annually sing in the Young Voices concert either at the O2 Arena or Wembley, with at least 4000 children and top professional singers such as Tony Hadley.