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Music, Art and Design

Fordcombe offers a very rich music provision for it's students. This can range from the regular sessions within the school - where every child works together and learns to play the recorder (and in later years the ukulele!), to learning to sing songs together in the classroom, and music appreciation often associated with class projects.


This is expanded further with the variety of school concerts, talent contests, the school choir, school orchestra, nativities and the musicals/plays that happen each year. 

Curriculum details
>Art and Design Curriculum 
>Music Curriculum 
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Private Music lessons

>Art and Design

"Mrs Hughes is just extraordinary and a huge asset to the school, whether that be running the school choir, the big summer concerts on the field, nailing show tunes with 30 kids in harmony at the village fair or teaching large groups of kids how to play reggae songs on a uke, she has given so many kids a love for music of all kinds."
Parent of Year 5 pupil


Private Music Lessons  

Over the past four years we have built up our music department and have fantastic visiting instrumental teachers. These lessons have proved very popular with more than 20 children across the school receiving private tuition. Lessons are arranged and paid for by private arrangement between the parents/ carers and the visiting teachers. All teachers charge their own rates so please contact them directly for details. The teachers can also advise you about instrument hire, it is also possible to hire these for a small fee from Kent Music.

We ask all parents to sign the Fordcombe School Music Lesson Agreement before lessons can begin, please read this carefully before committing to lessons.

Guitar - Mr Jonathon James

Piano, Flute and ‘Cello – Ms Rowena Lennox- Howey

Our teachers will allocate available any new lesson slots on a first come, first served basis, so don’t hesitate!


"I love my guitar lessons, my teacher is so cool - I think I'm probably going to end up being a teacher just like him" Pupil in Year 3


Art and Design
A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress through Fordcombe, they learn how to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also develop an broad understanding for how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The aims of the National Curriculum for Art and Design is for pupils to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Fordcombe, we embrace the many facets of the world of art, from fine art to theatre, from technical elements such as vanishing point to how posters employ design elements to communicate, or excite a viewer. We believe it is important for our students to be exposed to a rich and varied forms of art and design so that their own tastes and preferences and practices of their own art and design skills are borne out of a position of knowledge. 

A short taster of singing from our Act of Worship

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