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Boy having a guitar lesson.

Girl having a violin lesson.Music is a vital and popular part of school life.

We have a strong music department at Rathfern with a host of activities for everyone and progression routes for those children who wish to pursue music further.  All children from Early Years to Year 6 have a weekly music lesson with a specialist music teacher, developing key musicianship skills and creativity. In whole class lessons children study Djembe in Year 2, Ukelele in Year 3 and Djembe again in Year 5. Class teachers sing and make music with their classes to support their curriculum learning and to prepare for assemblies and performances.

Young boy learning to play the double bass.All children are involved in weekly singing assemblies with a specialist teacher, and prepare songs for performances such as class assemblies, productions and the annual Christmas concert at St Dunstans.

Extra Curricular Music

Children enjoying a ukelele lesson.For those children who wish to pursue instrumental learning or singing further, there are a wide range of extra-curricula music making opportunities. Our progression routes place instrumental learning  mainly in KS2, once children have developed secure basic musicianship skills.

Children having fun playing Brazilian drums.We currently offer classes in Ukelele, Clarinet, Saxophone, Djembe, Brazilian Percussion, Violin, Piano, Guitar, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and Tenor Horn. The lessons are funded by parents, with subsidies for children eligible for pupil premium.


We have an orchestral ensemble for those who have been playing their musical instrument for around 1 year or more, and are making good progress.


The school choir during a practise session.There are two choirs at Rathfern: Year 1/2/3 choir and a Year 4/5/6 choir.  The older choir performs regularly at community and school events, as do our Djembe group and our Brazilian Drumming group. Recent performances have included, The Broadway Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, St Mary’s Festival and the Brockley Max Festival.

Our Aims

Our aims in music are to:

  • Nurture Rathfern children’s evident love of music, movement and singing.
  • Provide a rich variety of musical experiences and key memorable musical events during children’s time at school.
  • Provide a solid grounding in musicianship skills through a well structured and progressive skills based music curriculum.
  • Develop self expression and a love of creativity through composition and song writing.
  • Provide the opportunity for all children to learn an instrument in a whole class setting.
  • Provide progression routes for those children who wish to continue with instrumental learning.
  • Work towards eliminating barriers to children’s musical progression.
  • For singing to be central to the life of the school – in classwork, singing assemblies, class assemblies, and whole school and community events.
  • For all children to enjoy quality music lessons which have musical sound as the dominant language.
  • Children to have performance opportunities throughout the year in assemblies, performances and concerts.

very young children enjoying a music lesson.Children learning to use the ukelele.

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