At Wimbledon Chase Primary we love music and we believe that every student should be given an opportunity to study music. All children get the chance to compose, perform and sing.
During their time at Wimbledon Chase, children will have the opportunity to learn how to play the keyboards, recorders, ukuleles, glockenspiels and other percussion instruments. Our musicians have the opportunity to learn how to be a valuable member of a musical group, either in lessons, performances or choir/orchestra, where they build their social skills and confidence.
How we teach Music at Wimbledon Chase
The majority of music lessons at Wimbledon Chase are taught by a music specialist. All lessons include theoretical and practical knowledge, and this gives the pupils the opportunity to use and play on tuned and untuned instruments. All topics are related and linked with other curriculum areas and the main topic of each year group. By the time children leave our school, we aim for them to be able to discuss and describe a piece of music using music terms, from their music vocabulary.
As well as the music lesson, EYFS embrace the many opportunities to sing to enhance all areas of learning and Years 1-6 meet once a week for singing assemblies where pupils are taught breathing and singing techniques. During the week children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of clubs including choir, Ukuleles and Ensemble group.
Students experience a variety of visits, performances and workshops. Our school works closely with Merton Music Foundation where our children take part in borough projects where they perform with other schools.
Children are able to take part in peripatetic individual music lessons offering tuition with a wide range of instruments.
Children at Wimbledon Chase are given lots of opportunities to develop their musical talents.
Each class has one hour of music per week. We have a purpose built music room which is very well equipped with a variety of musical instruments.
In addition, a large number of peripatetic teachers from the Merton Music Foundation (MMF) visit the school every day to provide private lessons for individuals and groups. The instruments taught include:
MMF charges for lessons – these can be for individuals, in twos or small groups. Applications can be made via their website – https://mmf.org.uk/
Pupils with musical talents are encouraged to play in assemblies as the school enters or leaves the hall. The children’s ability to play instruments such as piano, guitar, trumpet or cello is celebrated by the school and helps to develop confidence in the players and gives them experience in performing for an audience.
A number of musical clubs are provided at Wimbledon Chase:
Our choir is open to any pupil from Year 2 upwards. There are no auditions and everyone is encouraged to join in. Choir rehearses on Wednesday mornings in the school hall from 8.00 to 8.45. The children sing a variety of popular songs, both in unison and in parts.
The Ukulale club runs during Monday lunchtimes in the music room from 12.35 to 1.00.
Small Group Instrument work
This club runs for children in Years 2 and 3 on Tuesdays in the music room from 1.00 to 1.25. The children are selected to join the group. The selection of children will change regularly.