St Faith's at Ash

St Faith's at Ash Primary School

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“Without music, life would be a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche

Music plays an important part of life at St Faith’s.  All children from Nursery to Year 6 have the opportunity to join a choir and more than 54% of all children have individual instrumental, singing or theory lessons.

Curriculum Lessons

All children have a weekly class music lesson, taught by the Head of Music.   Children in Nursery and Reception are taught using elements of the Kodaly Method and their lessons always include singing, listening and movement. When children enter Year 1, they are introduced to formal musical notation.  Music lessons from Years 1 to 6 include theory, composition, singing and instrumental playing.  From Year 3 the History of Music is also taught. Instrumental playing is a key part of lessons and all children from Years 1 to 6 learn to play a musical instrument. Years 1 and 2 learn the recorder, Years 3 and 4 the violin while Years 5 and 6 are taught to play the trumpet. Please click on the link below to see the current long term planning for curriculum music at St Faith’s.

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Instrumental, Singing and Theory Lessons

Our team of peripatetic music teachers mean that at St Faith’s we can deliver a wide range of one to one lessons. At the time of writing, 161 weekly lessons are delivered by the following visiting teachers:

Amanda Gregory - Woodwind, piano and theory

Simon Valentine – Drumming and guitar

Lucy Rigden - Singing and composition

Anna Bartlett - Singing

Clare Hopper - Upper Strings

Emily Rossitter - Cello

Paul Ainsworth - Brass

When they are ready, children are prepared for exams through ABRSM and Rockschool. During May 2017 we will host ABRSM exams at school. Children are given opportunities to perform during Speech Day, Grandparents’ Day, Twilight Concerts, the House Music Competition and other events which are arranged throughout the year. The children learn the importance of regular practice and find that playing a musical instrument can help their progress across the rest of the school curriculum.

Recent Examination Success

The following children were successful during ABRSM examinations held in Canterbury during March 2017.

Krish Parthiban Grade 3 Singing DISTINCTION

Imogen Thomlinson Grade 3 Singing DISTINCTION

Maddie Read Grade 2 Singing MERIT

Millie Sullivan Grade 1 Singing DISTINCTION

Zahra Horne Grade 2 Singing DISTINCTION

Georgina Davis Grade 1 Singing MERIT

All the above pupils are taught by Lucy Rigden

Leya Carter Grade 3 Violin DISTINCTION

Leya is taught by Clare Hopper

Congratulations to all the children and their teachers on these fantastic achievements!


All children at St Faith’s, from Nursery through to Year 6, have the opportunity to join a choir. On a Wednesday morning, Years 2 and 3 rehearse while Years 4, 5 and 6 sing separately.  In addition, all children attend Song Practice on a Thursday morning. The choirs perform in the school Summer Concert, Christmas Carol Service and at other events during the year. In April 2017,Year 6 will perform in the Canterbury Big Sing and Year 5 sang at the O2 in London with Young Voices in January 2017. It is hoped that we can participate in both these concerts on an annual basis.

Singing Club

Taking place on Monday lunchtimes, all children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 can choose to come along to Singing Club.  We look at lots of Action Songs, Singing Games and have performed at the village church in Ash.

Chamber Choir

The more able singers in school are invited to join the Chamber Choir. We rehearse on Tuesday lunchtimes and sing a variety of more complex and challenging repertoire. The Chamber Choir perform several times a year including at the annual Thanet Festival.

Celebration Assembly

All children from Reception to Yr 6 attend Friday’s Celebration Assembly. The children enter the hall as music is playing, either live piano, French horn or trumpet music, or a recording.  When a recording is used, children are able to read background information such as genre, composer, date etc.  Assemblies begin with an opportunity for children to give a solo performance and also include a song performed by the whole school. No celebration assembly would be complete without a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and, here at St Faith’s, we are lucky to have our own Year 6 bagpiper who plays as the rest of the school sing!


The school orchestra comprises around 30 regular players. We meet each week on Thursday lunchtimes and perform in the Summer Concert and during Twilight Concerts. The children learn important skills such as following a beat, being sensitive to others, staying in tune and playing the right notes at the right time!

String Orchestra

The String Orchestra rehearses on Thursday mornings. The children perform during school concerts.

Recorder Ensembles

There are two recorder ensembles which meet every Wednesday lunchtime. Years R, 1 and 2 meet first, followed by Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The recorder groups also perform during school concerts.

House Music


The annual House Music Competition is held in January each year. All children are involved in singing and there are also opportunities for solo and ensemble instrumental performances.

If you would like any further information about music at St Faith’s, please contact the Head of Music, Mr Paul Ainsworth at school or by email