Congratulations to our Tadley Primary School’s Community Samba Band! July 2019
Well done and congratulations to all the children who performed at St Paul’s Fete on Saturday 13th July. Thank you to all parents, guardians and friends of Tadley Primary School who took part in the performance too and a very special thank you for your ongoing support throughout our performances in the community this Summer.
Bernstein Mass Choir
This week, our Bernstein Mass Children's Choir received vocal tuition in preparation for their performance at the Anvil in a few weeks time. The children learnt how to correctly pronounce the Latin words in the Mass and are becoming more confident singing the chromatic melodies of the piece. The wide tessitura was a challenge for the pupils but they learnt some good techniques to help them develop their vocal range. It is a super experience for the children to be involved in a concert that celebrates Leonard Bernstein and a style of music that is less familiar to them. Keep up the great work children!
Samba Band perform at the Old Basing Carnival - June 2019
Well done to 20 of our Samba Band players who performed in the Old Basing Carnival. The children walked for 40 minutes whilst playing and then performed again in the Old Basing Recreation Ground. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who supported and joined in playing in the band. It was lovely to see people in the distance dancing to the rhythms of the Samba Band that echoed through the streets of Old Basing! A particular favourite moment was the acoustic effects under the bridge as well as members of the army joining in playing in the band. Congratulations to all involved - you looked great in our new Tadley Primary Samba T-Shirts too!
Tadley Primary School’s Pond Opening and Miss Royal’s SANDS Charity Event - April 2019
Thank you to our Key Stage 2 choir who performed at our pond opening and Miss Royal's charity event. We particularly loved your song about H2O by the pond and thought you sang with such musicality and confidence in the evening at the charity event. Well done to our Samba Band too who performed at the pond opening. We are very proud of you all.
Recorder Club - April 2019
During our end of term Easter Assemblies some of our Recorder Club members performed 'Hot Cross Buns' at our Year 5/6 end of term Easter Assembly. The whole of Year 5/6 also sang the song as a round in addition to the wonderful Easter Cantata they performed at St. Paul's Church.
Our beginner recorder players are preparing a piece of music for their Sharing Assembly in Year 3/4 - we are looking forward to hearing them play.
Rock Steady Concert - April 2019
Congratulations to all the children who performed in our Rock Steady Concert at the end of the Spring Term. You performed confidently and competently and showed super awareness of ensemble playing - great work!
Venezuela Charity Concert - March 2019
Well done to all our vocal and piano pupils who took part in the charity concert at Pamber Heath Memorial Hall to raise money for families in Venezuela. Thank you to Persephone Dennis, who delivers piano, vocal and violin lessons at Tadley Primary, for organising a wonderful event.
Tadley Primary perform at Wembley Arena - March 2019
On Thursday 21st April, 49 of our Key Stage 2 choir members performed a variety of songs at Wembley Arena. The children performed with confidence and enthusiasm - well done children! They also enjoyed some live performances by up and coming bands, 'Road Trip', 'Bring It North' and 'New Hope' and enjoyed the opportunity to meet the band members.
Music at Tadley Primary
Music is at the heart of Tadley Primary School. Children have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular music activities and instrumental lessons as well as weekly music lessons within classes. Last year, we were awarded a Music Mark award in recognition of our commitment to providing pupils with an engaging high-quality music education. Our dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is of great importance to us. In addition, we were awarded fifth place in the Hampshire Music Services Chairman’s Year of Music Award Scheme for the music education opportunities we provide.
Our music clubs include:-
M/C Singers (Key Stage 1)
Key Stage 2 Choir
We believe in giving every child the opportunity to participate in music and currently we have over 150 children participating in music clubs and instrumental/vocal lessons. Our ensemble groups perform in regional and national music events, local community events as well as our own school Harvest, Easter and Christmas Assemblies and termly concerts. Last year, our Samba Band performed at the Royal Albert Hall and our Key Stage 2 Choir perform several times throughout the year at the Anvil in addition to annual performances at the O2 Arena or Wembley.
We have enjoyed building links and performing with local community music groups. Our Ukulele Club enjoy meeting with the U3A (University of the Third Age) Ukulele Group, sharing their love of music and playing. Our Key Stage 2 Choir have performed with the Kingsclere Singers and Tadley Singers in local concerts and our Recorder Club have taken part in an annual Recorder Jamboree in Thornden Hall. In the summer term, our Samba Band will be processing in the Old Basing Carnival.
Singing is a very important part of the music curriculum and each Key Stage take part in a singing assembly once a week. In the singing assemblies, children prepare cantatas and songs for festivals, church services, class musicals, nativities, concerts and other events throughout the year and we enjoy sharing our performances with parents/carers and our local community.
We have visiting instrumental teachers at the school for children who would like to learn an instrument. Rock Steady visits our school for a day each week to give ensemble lessons on drum kit, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and voice. In addition we have visiting piano, violin, vocal, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, drum kit and tuned-percussion teachers who teach children from Year R to Year 6. Many of our children follow the Associated Board Royal School of Music and Rock School examinations to celebrate their musical journeys and some also celebrate their enjoyment of playing by participating in the Basingstoke Music Festival.
Every year group participate in a music lesson once a week and take part in composing and performing activities which are often linked to their curriculum topics. Our specialist music room has sets of tuned and untuned percussion instruments and a drum kit. We also have a number of woodwind instruments, violins, guitars, keyboards and ukuleles which we allow students to loan when they first begin musical instrument lessons. In Key Stage 2, we encourage children to bring in their own instruments to use in their class music lessons.
Music is a very important part of our school ethos and we believe it has huge potential for supporting all areas of children’s academic and social development. We celebrate and support all our children’s musical achievements and the enjoyment that they have in participating.