Banging the drum for music at Newington Primary School – The Isle Of Thanet News

Fun to play drums in Newington

The beat continues at Newington Community Primary in Ramsgate as guest drummers were the latest in the school’s expanding music programme.

Year 5 students were fascinated by rhythmic performance during an Afro-Bhangra workshop which saw students enjoy creating music using a variety of percussion instruments.

School Principal Hannah Tudor said: “The children absolutely loved the music and its infectious rhythms – and they enthusiastically jumped at the chance to try out some of the instruments. They played really well. »

The workshop is the latest in a number of musical events across the school that over the years have created acclaimed performances in the classroom, for families, and in drama productions and shows.

Instrumental classes are popular with Years 3 and 4 learning to play the ukulele and Years 5 and 6 learning to play the keyboard.

Young children in Years 1 and 2 have recently started learning the ocarina, a type of vascular flute wind instrument.

Miss Tudor added: “Each pupil has their own instrument and it is expected that they will be retained at the end of year two so that they can pursue their musical interests at home and in the wider community.

“Music plays a central role at Newington and encourages children to work together, explore new experiences and build trust and teamwork.”

Music also plays an important role in the school’s AAA Radio video/radio initiative, which includes a working radio station that recently won national Young Audio Awards two years in a row, including Best Elementary School.

Music teacher Warwick Eldred, who also creates math and literacy learning songs and videos for pupils to participate in, added: “We have lots of exciting projects in the works. We are launching a Harvest Festival radio show at the end of term and are planning a gala evening involving the school choir to celebrate the life and times of the Queen.

“Learning to learn to play an instrument and developing an appreciation for all types of music is something that helps our girls and boys grow – these are great skills to learn as well as great fun. “

The drummers’ visit was organized by CohesionPlus, a group that creates culturally diverse arts events incorporating music, dance and visual arts across Kent and beyond. This was part of the Roundabout pop-up theater visit to the area.


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