Banging the drum for music at Newington primary school

Drumming fun at Newington

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

Pupils from Year 5 were entranced by the rhythmic performances during an Afro-Bhangra workshop which saw pupils enjoy creating music using a variety of percussion instruments.

Head Teacher Hannah Tudor said: “The children really embraced the music and its infectious beats – 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 music events throughout the school which over the years has created acclaimed performances in the classroom, for families, and as part of drama productions and shows.

Instrumental classes are popular with Years 3 and 4 learning how to play the ukulele and Years 5 and 6 being taught how to play keyboards.

Younger children in Years 1 and 2 have recently begun tuition on the ocarina which is a type of vessel flute woodwind instrument.

Miss Tudor added: “Each pupil has their own instrument and the plan is for them to be retained at the end of Year 2 so they can pursue their musical interests at home and in the wider community.

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

Music also plays a large part in the school’s AAA Radio video/radio initiative which includes a working radio station that recently won national Young Audio Awards honours two years running including best primary school.

Music teacher Warwick Eldred, who also creates maths and literacy learning songs and videos for pupils to join in with, added: “We have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline. We are launching a Harvest Festival radio programme at the end of term and we are planning a gala evening involving the school choir to celebrate the life and times of The Queen.

“Enjoying learning to play an instrument and developing an appreciation of all types of music is something that helps our girls and boys as they develop – these are great skills to have as well as being enormous fun.”

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