Music at Eliot Bank
At Eliot Bank we have numerous opportunities for children to be involved in music. Our music curriculum runs for all pupils throughout the year, introducing them to concepts such as pitch, tone, rhythm, composition, performing and listening. We have a wide range of instruments which are shared across the school for these lessons.
Our choir, for years 4, 5 and 6, get many chances to perform both in and out of school. In the autumn term, for example, we sing Forest Hill Boys School as part of their Winter Showcase, take part in the Turning of the Year concerts at Blackheath Halls and visit Castlebar Nursing Home to sing carols. Choir also lead some of the songs in our weekly assemblies and the carols at our own annual Carol Service. Year 3 get the chance to join training choir in the spring term. All of this singing has contributed to our Sing Up Award which recognises the wide range of opportunities for singing at Eliot Bank, in class, as a whole school and beyond the school in concerts.
In year 5 all pupils take weekly guitar lessons throughout the year, using the school guitars, and also have a guitar assembly in which to perform. In year 6 especially keen guitarists are able to work on their skills in small tuition groups which take place after school.
Also in year 3, children are introduced to the recorder in the spring and summer terms. In year 4 all pupils take part in weekly Djembe Drumming lessons throughout the year. We have a full set of school drums for children to use and they get to show off their skills in drumming assemblies.
In addition we are an active part of the Lewisham Music Hub which enables us to take part in many different festivals and concerts throughout the year. For example we perform at the Lewisham Live festival and in 2014 two Yr 6 pupils had the opportunity to sing at the Royal Albert Hall Schools Prom as part of the Lewisham Junior Choir. Lewisham Music Hub also provide us with free tickets to live music events such as a trip to the Barbican to hear a concert pianist play and ask her questions.
Rhona McKail, Music Co-ordinator