The Music Department at Foremarke Hall aims to encourage all pupils to actively participate in musical activities and to listen to music with interest and enthusiasm. We aim to promote confidence and enjoyment in performance.

Pre-Prep Music

We believe in offering a broad and balanced curriculum, catering for all abilities and needs. Music is a unique form of communication and is able to influence the way in which we feel, think and behave. Music combines feeling and expression thus enabling reflection and personal development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music assists pupils in understanding themselves and the way in which they relate to others. The teaching of Music develops pupils’ listening and appraising skills and their appreciation of music worldwide. Active involvement in music making broadens social skills and helps to build confidence. Research has repeatedly shown that musical activity stimulates the cooperation of both parts of the brain which in turn can lead to improved performance in other subject areas.

Pre Prep Curriculum

music lessons of trumpetAll Pre-Prep music lessons take place in the Pre-Prep Hall and are taken by a specialist music teacher.  Nursery have two 25 minute music lessons per week; Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have one 35 minute lesson per week.  All Year 2 children also have choir once a week for 35 minutes.There is plenty of space in the hall for the music and movement sessions and towards one end of the hall there is a small stage, which is used for music assemblies and concerts.  The Pre-Prep music trolley is well equipped with a variety of percussion instruments, which includes a large number of shakers and castanets, as well as a wonderful set of pitched bells.  There is also an upright piano in the hall and a portable keyboard.

Each term there is a Music Assembly for different year groups, where those who learn an individual musical instrument have the opportunity to perform to their parents.  The whole year also perform at least two songs, usually with percussion instruments.  The Music Assemblies takes place as follows:  Year 2 during the Michaelmas term, Year 1 during the Lent term and the Reception Music Assembly takes place during the Summer term.

In addition to the Music Assemblies there are also the Pre-Prep Morning Concerts, which take place each term.  Soloists from all year groups are encouraged to participate.  The Year 2 Choir and Pre-Prep String group also take part, as well as various ensembles including the Recorder Group.

Many children learn to play a musical instrument at school and they are able to choose from a wide variety of instruments.  The children are encouraged to learn an instrument that is best suited to them and are given a trial lesson by a peripatetic music teacher beforehand.  The lessons are 25 minutes duration.  In Year 2 every child learns the recorder during their class music lesson.

Once a week there is a ‘Singing Assembly’, which is taken by the Assistant Director of Music, during which the children practise songs for their morning assemblies.

Towards the end of the Michaelmas term, there is a Christmas Production, which involves all the children from Reception upwards.  This takes place in the School Theatre, and there are usually three performances.  The Nursery perform their own special Christmas Nativity to their parents, which takes place in the Pre-Prep Hall.

At the end of the Lent term, all the Pre-Prep children take part in the ‘Spring Celebration’ where each year group performs either a song or a poem.  There is also the ‘Speech Day Concert’, which takes place at the very end of the Summer term.  This includes the Book Presentation for Year 2 as they prepare to move up to Lower School.

Lower School Curriculum

Generalmusic lessonsYears 3 and 4 receive 1 music lesson per week. Class music lessons take place in the main music room. All children receive theory tuition during their class music lessons we use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory syllabus and Theory is Fun by Maureen Cox.

Singing is an important part of music at Foremarke Hall. In class, vocal music includes hymns and songs to be performed in assemblies, class music assemblies, musical productions, concerts and other occasions for example the Carol Service.

Instrumental performances are a feature of class music. Children are encouraged to perform as soloists, either in preparation for a performance in a music assembly, exam or because they would like to perform a piece to their class. Children are also encouraged to play in instrumental ensembles.

Specific topics / projects to be covered by Years 3 and 4 are as follows.

Year 3

Michaelmas Term – Music for the Lower School Concert, Christmas Production and Carol Service.

Lent Term – The Orchestra, Carnival of the Animals – Saint -Saens

Summer Term – Preparation for form lunchtime concerts and the end of year production.

Year 4

Michaelmas Term – Music for the Lower School Concert, Christmas Production and Carol Service.

Lent Term – Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Preparation for form lunchtime concerts.

Summer Term – Programme music, Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Vocal and instrumental music for the end of academic year musical production.

Upper School Curriculum


music lessons teacherChildren receive theory tuition during their class music lessons. We use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory syllabus and children are entered for external theory exams. Additional theory classes are organised by the Director of Music. Class music lessons take place in the main music or ICT rooms.

Singing is an important part of music at Foremarke. In class vocal music includes hymns and songs to be performed in assemblies and on other occasions for example Service of Remembrance, Carol Service, House Music Competition and Speech Day. Songs for any forthcoming music/drama production are also taught in class.

Instrumental performances are a feature of class music. Children are encouraged to play or sing as soloists (particularly if they have a forthcoming examination or concert) and class instrumental ensembles prove extremely popular. Playing in an ensemble helps to develop confidence and the all-important ability to listen.

Composition projects in class are linked to the music which the children listen to and appraise. Pupils compose for an instrument which they play or for the keyboard. Time is allocated to theory work as appropriate during composition lessons.

Specific topics to be covered by Years 5-8 are as follows.

Year 5

Michaelmas Term – Anthems and Oratorios of Handel

Lent Term – Programme Music

Summer Term – Chamber Music

Year 6

Michaelmas Term – Suites

Lent Term – The Concerto and the Symphony

Summer Term – The Overture

Year 7

Michaelmas Term – Theory and Baroque music, Christmas Carol project

Lent Term – Blues, Gospel and African music

Summer Term – Caribbean and Calypso music

Year 8

Michaelmas Term – Minimalism

Lent Term – Film music, Musicals

Summer Term – Dance music

Music ICT is introduced to Year 8  – they use Sibelius and Mixcraft software for composition and sequencing.