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Worplesdon Primary School

Worplesdon Primary School

Helping children develop a love of life and learning.

Music

Music is highly valued at Worplesdon and children are taught from Reception through to Year 6 using the Kodaly Singing method (using the Jolly Music Book series).  This uses singing games and rhymes to teach all the elements of music in a joyful and holistic way.  The children leave Worplesdon with a very high level of musicianship and knowledge.

Children are actively encouraged to start an instrument and join the choir and to explore the many opportunities for performance that occur throughout the school year.

The School is also a training hub for music, and teachers from all over Surrey regularly come to observe and learn about this approach.  Please contact Mrs. Spencer if you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the musical life of our school.

Instrumental Learning 

If you would like your child to start an instrument, please contact the instrumental teachers directly. 

Insrument Teacher Email Address
Strings Mrs. Symington trishsymington@gmail.com
Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium) Mrs. Ridgway lisajayneridgway@gmail.com
Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone) Mrs. Ravenhill jasmine_ducker@yahoo.co.uk
Oboe Mrs. Spencer music@worplesdon.surrey.sch.uk
Piano/Keyboards, Drums or Guitars Rock and Pop Foundation admin@rockandpopfoundation.com

The school has instruments to loan at £20 a year so you don’t need to buy until your child is sure of their instrument.  Please come and talk to Mrs. Spencer if you have any further questions. 

Orchestra and String Groups 

Children who have started an orchestral instrument are encouraged to join the School Orchestra which rehearses every Thursday from 11.40am-12.20pm.  Please contact Mrs. Spencer (music@worplesdon.surrey.sch.uk) if you would like your child to try-out for this.

String Groups run for beginners with their Twinkle License on Fridays and for advanced players (Grade one and above) on Thursday lunch times.

Choirs 

Our choirs have between thirty and forty children in each and rehearse each week at the following times:

  • KS1 choir is on Mondays at 12.30pm;
  • Year 3 and 4 choir is on Tuesdays at 11.40am;
  • Year 5 and 6 choir is on Tuesdays at midday.

All the choirs are run by Mrs. Spencer, are free, and are open to everyone.  

Recorder Teaching 

Recorder Groups

Beginners Children in KS2 are encouraged to start learning the recorder on Wednesday lunch times at 12.40pm.
Advanced For experienced players there is a performance group on Thursdays from 3.15pm - 4pm

If you would like your child to start learning the recorder please contact the Office (office@worplesdon.surrey.sch.uk) .

Theory Class 

Children who have already started taking exams in their instruments (or will be in the near future) are invited to begin theory classes at Worplesdon.  We are offering this because once children reach Grade 5 on their instrument they are not permitted by the examination board to take Grade 6 unless they have their Grade 5 theory exam. We are aiming that by the end of their time at Worplesdon they will at Grade 1 or 2 standard in their theory. 

Mrs Symington (our wonderful Strings Teacher) will be offering a Theory class before school on Fridays.  It will run every week from 8am - 8.40am and will cost £20 a term.  Classes will be held in Jackdaws and children will need to come with a sharp pencil, rubber, ruler and they will need to purchase the theory workbook which is called Practice in Music Theory  Grade 1 by Josephine Koh.  This is available from Amazon for £5.75.

Students will be given a small amount of homework each week to practice the skills learnt in their lessons.  If there are any parents who would also like to learn music theory and would be willing to help as well they would be most welcome to come.

Please contact Mrs Symington for further information: trishsymington@gmail.com

Please visit the Clubs and Activities page for a weekly view of music clubs offered.

Envis Way, Worplesdon, Guildford , Surrey GU3 3NL

01483 232126