At Otford Primary School we encourage everyone to get involved in music. Research continues to show the huge benefits that singing, playing and listening to music have on children’s mental health and positive well-being. We want to inspire our young people to continue music after they leave Otford Primary. This may be learning an instrument, singing in a choir or purely the enjoyment of listening to music.
We are lucky enough to have our own dedicated music room within the school where lessons and clubs are held. We have a wide range of instruments and resources that can be accessed by all classes and also an outdoor musical play area kindly funded by the PTFA. We have a ‘music for all’ approach at Otford and offer a variety of opportunities, as well as a wide range of visiting music teachers for individual or small group lessons (see link below). We have over 50 children currently taking instrumental lessons at the school.
The children receive regular inspiring class music lessons following the National and the Model Music curriculum using resources from Sing Up and elsewhere. We are very grateful to Kent Music who part fund a year of whole class teaching within the school. Currently, Year 4 get the opportunity to learn the ukulele. In addition, music is woven very effectively into the school day with regular music played in class, lots of singing and our ‘Musician of the Month’ programme exploring a wide variety of genres and styles of music. We have weekly music assemblies where we sing and enjoy music together. Inspiring and engaging children in the joy of music is key.
There are many performance opportunities throughout the year from individual instrumental performances in assembly, class assemblies, whole school events and much more. We also engage in external musical events with other local schools and have been lucky enough to have visiting musicians performing live music to inspire the children.
School musical events this year
Harvest Festival (whole school)
Carol Service in the local church (KS2)
The Disney Big Sing (whole school)
Coronation musical celebration (whole school)
Summer concert (children learning instruments)
Otford Voices (Year 4 ukulele and singing concert)
Year 6 production (Year 6 only)