The scientific proof of the cognitive and broad educational benefits to learning a language and in learning to play a musical instrument is well established. Participation in music making also enhances children’s feelings of self-esteem and confidence and promotes emotional well-being, further contributing to academic success.
Music plays a central role in nearly all aspects of life at school, enriching the many events which take place throughout the year. As a specialist music primary school, we provide a varied and exceptionally high-quality, subsidised music programme. All children have weekly music lessons taught by a specialist music teacher and in key stage two, all children learn to play a musical instrument. Our visiting instrumental specialists ensure that each child is able to progress at their optimum level and all children are expected to show commitment to regular home practice.
We offer a wide range of lunchtime and after school music activities including a large string orchestra, steel pans, clarinet ensemble, two keyboard clubs, guitar club, choir and smaller instrumental ensembles. There are many opportunities for children to perform at school and in the wider community - through our weekly assemblies, evening concerts and musical productions, as well as other occasions in the school calendar.
The success of our instrumental programme is reflected in the clear enjoyment our children demonstrate when sharing their skills with others, outstanding external examination results in Trinity and ABRSM and in the number of children who go on to be outstanding musicians in the secondary school.
Here are just a few performances from our talented children:
Hatcham Primary Lanterns Winter Lockdown Project 2021
Hatcham Primary Amani Utupe Lockdown Project 2020