At Sutton Valence music is an integral part of our everyday life at school. We follow the Music Express Scheme of work that links to the new National Curriculum. The programme is from Early years to year 6 and class teachers deliver these lessons which give pupils the opportunity to explore and understand various elements of music.
We have singing assemblies where pupils are taught new songs which relate to the environment, the seasons, life at school and our school values. These songs are then sung in assemblies to reinforce learning and celebrate achievements.
This year we had a school song group which rehearsed for ‘Voice in a Million’; this is an event at the Wembley Arena every March, where 5 000 pupils gather to sing together. It was the first time that our school participated and we all had a wonderful time.
We receive funding from Kentmusic and once a week all year 3 pupils this year are enjoying learning the ukulele.
We have 24 pupils who have guitar lessons at school each week and towards the end of the school year these pupils perform in an assembly, where they can share their skills and talents.
Both classical and modern music is plated before assemblies, in classrooms first thing in the morning and at the end of each day. This enables pupils to appreciate a variety of music and understand how music can create a calming atmosphere. Music is also used in our mindfulness programme to allow pupils to relax and clear their minds.
In the summer term, Year 6, take part in a production which involves the whole class in singing, acting and production activities.
Summer Holiday Activities:
The links below will provide you with courses that are available at Benenden school this summer.
Application forms are available from Valerie Cordina. 01622 358402