At Whyteleafe we pride ourselves on our musical ability. Music is embedded in the curriculum and the children have many opportunities to perform and learn to play a variety of instruments. In year 3 all children learn to play the toot, in year 4 they all learn to play the clarinet and in year 5 the ukulele. All children from reception to year 6 take part in music lessons and have access to our well stocked music room. The music room has a range of instruments for the children to use including African drums, keyboards, glockenspiels and a variety of percussion instruments.
As well as the music curriculum, there are several music clubs on offer. We have a choir of 70 Key Stage 2 children for which there is a waiting list each year. The choir perform at a number of venues and events; these have included the O2 and Dorking Halls. There are recorder clubs for years 3 and 4, toot club for year 4 and ukulele club for year 6. Mini-Singers is a singing group with members from years 1,2 and 3. The school also has a school orchestra made up of children from years 5 and 6. All these groups perform in our annual Grand Parents Tea party at Christmas, the PTA Carol Evening and our annual Summer concert. There are also opportunities to perform during assemblies, school fairs and Star of the Week.
The school can offer individual and small group instrument lessons. Peripatetic teachers from Surrey Arts come into Whyteleafe one day a week. Lessons are booked and paid for through Surrey Arts. Lessons are currently available on clarinet, saxophone, piano and guitar. Lessons on other instruments may be available if there is enough interest.