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Curriculum Intent

Music at Meadlands inspires pupils to develop a love of the subject, develops their talents and in doing so, their self-confidence and indeed, all our school values. Pupils will leave having had the opportunity to learn at least two instruments and perform in a range of settings. We believe that these experiences are the route to not only outstanding musicianship but also forming well-rounded, socially adept and capable young people who can perform to a variety of audiences.


Curriculum Implementation

Following the promotion of our Music Teacher to Lead of Kingston Music Trust, we have tapped into a number of local experts to help deliver our music provision. 


Year GroupInstrumentTeacher
NurseryEarly Music: Vocal & Ukulele Tara Maysey, Ukulele London Orchestra
ReceptionEarly Music: Vocal & UkuleleTara Maysey, Ukulele London Orchestra
1Music Makers: Vocal & RecorderRichmond Music Trust 
2Advanced Music Makers: Vocal & RecorderRichmond Music Trust 
3Vocal & UkuleleTara Maysey, Ukulele London Orchestra
4Vocal & Recorders Richmond Music Trust 
5Vocal & Trumpets Richmond Music Trust 
6Vocal & UkuleleRichmond Music Trust


In addition to this we celebrate music through our whole school singing assembly - and through a number of clubs. The after school clubs enable children who have enjoyed their lessons and a particular instrument to continue to learn and develop. We also offer 1:1 music lessons in piano, violin and drums. Children in receipt of the PPGrant are supported in taking up these individual sessions.


Performances form an integral part of our academic calendar and offer children a range of experiences, from intimate school based sharing to external vast scale audiences: Key Stage 2 pupils perform at the O2 arena, London, at the Young Voices concert, and at The Rose Theatre, Kingston, for Richmond Music Trust Primary Singing Festival, for example.

Family Assembly Music

Family Assembly Lyrics

Take a look on the video below to see how our Early Years ukulele band are inspiring players in Hawaii! 

Ukulele Festival of Hawaii

Still image for this video


Brave Part 2.mp3

Could Have Been Me Part 3.mp3

Miracles Part 2.mp3

You're The Voice Part 1.mp3

The information below details the home learning shared with children during school closure 2021. We have chosen to keep this on our website as a record of the work shared and for children, who may be isolating, to access.  

                                                          Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 22 February 2021


Music Learning for EYSF - Flowers & Frogs


  1. Feel the beat
  2. Visit the Daffodils
  3. Sing about Speckled Frogs
  4. Sing good-bye


Music Learning for Key Stage 1 - Flowers, Dogs and Frogs


  1. Feel the beat
  2. Visit the Daffodils
  3. Learn a new song about dancing dogs
  4. Sing about Speckled Frogs
  5. Sing good-bye


Music Learning for Key Stage 2 - Vikings, Sea Shanties and Blobs


1.Watch this video where we continue learning Viking Rock:


2. This is link to the Wellerman body percussion video:


3. Here is the link to the blob opera:



                                                              Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 1 February 2021


Music Learning for EYSF


It’s a cold and frosty morning.

Time for 10 green bottles to fall off the wall. 


EYFS It's a cold and frosty bottle falling morning - YouTube



Music Learning for KS1


Welcome to the jungle.

Time for 10 green bottles to fall off the wall.

Let’s go round the Mulberry bush and say goodbye! 


KS1 Jungles and Bottles - YouTube


Music Learning for KS2


Warm up to “Alive Awake Alert Enthusiastic”. 

It’s the last week of Ain’t no Mountain, give it some energy!

Let’s write a song about an owl. 


KS2 Songwriting Owls! - YouTube



Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 1 March 2021


Music Learning for EYSF - Daffodils, dogs and a new song about a spider!



Music Learning for Key Stage 1- Daffodils, spiders, frogs, dogs and green bottles.


Music Learning for Key Stage 2 - Viking Rock Drumming and making pieces with the blobs.


Link to the Blob Opera:

 Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 8 February 2021


Music Learning for EYSF


It’s another cold and frosty morning, let’s bounce around like a frog!


Music Learning for Key Stage 1


Recap some of the song's we've learnt this half term and learn a new song about frogs!


Music Learning for Key Stage 2


Let's warm up and then learn a rock song about vikings!



Here is the Ride of the Valkyries link:

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 25 January 2021


Music Learning for EYSF

It’s a cold and frosty Morning!


Music Learning for Key Stage 1


Snow day with Fizzy and Paddy!


Music Learning for Key Stage 2


Ain’t no Mountain High Enough and an introduction to songwriting:

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 18 January 2021


Music Learning for EYFS


Dance around the island with Moana and learn a new song with Paddy the dog!


Music Learning for Key Stage 1


Dance around to the song “Happy” and learn a new song with Paddy the dog!


Music Learning for Key Stage 2


Dance to ‘The Greatest”, learn a new rhythm game, sing “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” and listen to Pirates of the Caribbean to inspire your junk yard pieces:


Pirates of the Caribbean:

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 11 January 2021

Music Learning for EYFS 


Be a sleeping lion in a jungle and sing a song about flowers!


Music Learning for Key Stage 1


Join me on a musical journey through the outdoors!


Music Learning for Key Stage 2


Today we will be learning Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and continuing with junkyard percussion:



Sing along with this lyric video of Ain’t No Mountain:



Drum along with You Can Call Me Al, or pick one of your favourite songs.

Lessons for the week commencing: Tuesday 5 January 2021

Music Learning for EYFS


Feel the beat and copy me:



Join my friend Amy and her dog Lola to learn a song about a wiggly worm!



Watch this song from Moana. What’s your favourite thing on the Island? Would you want sail across the line into the dark blue sea?


Music Learning for KS1 


Feel the beat and learn this song about a gorilla washing his clothes with me:



Learn the Little Green Frog with Amy and Lola the dog!



Watch this song from Moana! Would you want to explore the world outside the island? Can you sing along with Moana?


Music Learning for KS2 


We’re going to spend today’s session starting to build up our own junkyard percussion set that we can use through the lockdown. 


Watch this video of Stomp, a show which uses everyday objects and recycling to make amazing rhythms and routines:



Everyday objects can make amazing sounds. Watch this video for some inspiration:



Now watch this video about building our junk percussion sets. When I’ve set the tasks, you will need to pause your videos!



Listen to this music while you make your instruments:

Blended Learning Resources

During the 5 month school closure, Mrs Pearman continued to provide high quality Music lessons. These videos and links can be found here, we hope our children continue to enjoy these and carry on watching in order to sing along with Mrs Pearman from their homes! 

Summer Concert 2020
We hope you enjoy watching our summer concert, we are so proud of all the children who submitted performances. Please note that in the finale of the show there was a technical issue which resulted in a timing issue of one of the performances. We hope this doesn't distract from your enjoyment of the piece or indeed the whole concert.  
School Closure: Learning at Home

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 13 July
Music Learning for All EYFS


Did you enjoy singing the pirate song last week in singing assembly? Can you compose (make your own) Pirate song? Maybe you could use the melody (tune) to ‘Row, row, row your boat’ or ‘The wheels on the bus’ to help you. Send me a video of you singing!
Music Learning for All KS1


This week, try teaching yourself these songs about space – get your family singing, too!
Music Learning for All KS2


I have been mulling over for quite some time now, the song by Ed Sheran and Justin Bieber, ‘I don’t care’. Why? I hear you ask! Well, for a while in the Pearman household, the kids have been singing “I don’t care, when I’m with my family, yeah” and actually, I think it’s true at school, too: Mrs McGeoch talks a lot about the Meadlands family. So, I think that the chorus of this song could be:
I don’t care, when I’m with my family yeah
All the bad things disappear
And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody
I can deal with the bad times
When I’m with my family, yeah, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Your turn now…Can you take a look at the verse and think of some lines that would work for us at Meadlands (instead of the ones sung by Sheran and Bieber.) What makes you happy that you are a Meadlands brother or sister? What is it about coming to school in normal times that makes you happy? I’m not looking for a finished song from you, just some ideas and maybe a couple of lines that I can weave into the finished product – a return to school song that we can sing our hearts out to. What do you think? Mail me with either your lyrics or a video of you singing! music@
For ease, here is a link to the real lyrics so that you can make sure that your new version, scans well against the original syllable count and phrasing. Can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with!

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 6 July
Music Learning for All Year Groups


If you have not yet watched the Summer concert, your task this week is to watch it. You can find it on my music page, just below where you are reading, right now!


If you have already watched the concert then I would like you to pick an instrument – any at all – it could be one you play, one you’ve seen on the summer concert video, an electric instrument a world music instrument – anything! Once you have chosen it, look it up on google images…..

-          Make a detailed drawing of the instrument

-          Name the parts


If you are interested, then complete some research about your instrument:

-          What is it made from?

-          How long does it take to construct?

-          To which genre of music (style/type) does it mostly belong? (For example, electric guitar is mostly played for Rock music/heavy metal/thrash/indie etc.)

-          Name some famous pieces of music in which you would hear your instrument

As always, send me a photo or a video of your work:


Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 29 June
Music Learning for EYFS

Did you enjoy ‘Let’s be friends’? Now learn ‘Estoy Feliz’ :

Music Learning for KS1

How did you enjoy making banjos? Send me a photo if you get a chance! (  We talked about the creativity of sailors last week. This week, making instruments gets even more creative! Follow this link to the Royal Opera House:
The Magic Flute is a famous opera by the composer Mozart. In this opera, a young prince called Tamino goes on a heroic quest to find Pamina, the woman with whom he falls in love and who has been kidnapped. Tamino is given a magic flute, to be used in times of great danger. When played, the music from this flute can be used to enchant wild beasts and change sorrow into joy.
The video shows you how to use a slice of bread to bake a flute! The instructions are also on the same page so that you can refer to them.
Music Learning for KS2
In case you have not seen it before, this is Chineke! Children’s orchestra. Their mission is:
‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’ The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras.  
Talk with your family about what this means.
Enjoy watching this clip from Britain’s Got Talent this year BUT you need to email me ( with the names of as many of the tracks they play as you can. The person with the most tracks identified correctly will win my achievement certificate this week!
A second certificate is on offer, if you can answer all these questions correctly:
1.       Name the longest (in centimetres) instrument you can see in the clip
2.       Name the shortest and highest pitch instrument you can see in the clip
3.       At around 1:14, what are the two instruments on the far left of the stage, as you look at the screen
This is the Chineke! Orchestra’s homepage: 


Take a look at some of their founding members and other performances.​

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 22 June
Music Learning for EYFS


I hope you enjoyed last week’s song. This week, learn ‘Let’s be friends’:
Music Learning for KS1
Explorers of the sea and sky!
This week you are going to be Sailor Musicians, much like my own great, great grandfathers and uncles who were bands men, conductors and composers in the Royal Navy (despite being Italo-Maltese!) Singing and music making have long been associated with seafarers, as something to amuse themselves during long voyages. Instruments may have been taken aboard from port, or, may be made on the journey through creative engineering. So, this week you will be making your own banjos!
I apologise that this link is from Facebook, but I could not find this video on the National Maritime’s own website and I also looked on Youtube. If you do not have Facebook, I have provided the activity in my own words, below.
To make a banjo, you will need:
An old tissue box and a cardboard tube (kitchen roll)
A pencil
Elastic bands
Something to decorate with, such as: paints, felt pens, collage materials (newspapers/magazines)
1.       Open one end of the tissue box and place the tube, part way down inside the box, keeping it central. (Not too deep; you should not be able to see it from the hole where the tissues would have been taken from.)
2.       Stick the tube in place with tape and use a pencil to mark where the tube is sitting against the open tabs of the box.
3.       Cut along your pencil marks to remove these small pieces so that the box can be closed with the tube inside. Then tape up the end of the box around the “neck” i.e the kitchen roll tube.
4.       Stretch your elastic bands around the length of the tissue box, making as many strings as you would like but a traditional banjo has four (or five.)
5.       Decorate your banjo! Use paint, pens, collage
Sing some sea shanties and take a photo, sending it to me: music@meadlands.richmond,
Music Learning for KS2


This week, enjoy a performance by three young violinists:
I have done a tiny bit of research into these musicians and they describe themselves as contemporary violinists: what do you think this means?
Again, if you would like to respond to the music, you can think about creating a piece of artwork or dance. Send me your artistic endeavours via photo or video, to:



Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 15 June
Music Learning for EYFS


Well, I hope you enjoyed singing Animal Tea party last week! This week, please learn Baby Bop!
Music Learning for KS1


How have you been getting on with the drumming? You can of course, continue with this. 


This week I would like you to teach yourself the chorus to this song, Stand by Me, sung in this version by Kingdom Choir:
The Choir leader is a fabulous singer and conductor, Ms Karen Gibson:
Music Learning for KS2
I would like to introduce you to Eleanor Alberga: she is a black, female, living composer.
She loves 21st  century composers such as Bartok but she also loves the music of Jamaica both pop and folk. She also loves jazz, too. I think you can head all of these influences in her work.
This is going to stretch your listening capacity but I know you can do it.
This link will take you to a series of three string quartets. You can listen to any of them but I particularly like String Quartet No1. Movement 3 which is called ‘Frantically Driven Yet Playful’.
You can either:
-          Just listen and create your own imagery whilst you close your eyes
-          Choreograph your own piece in response to her music
-          Respond to the music by creating your own art work
Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 8 June
Music Learning for EYFS
This week, please learn the song ‘Animal Tea party’ by my friend, Rosie Adediran of London Rhymes. Do send me a video of you singing and dancing!
Take a look at her other songs if you have time – I particularly like Estoy Feliz! I will put 'Animal Tea Party' into the Singing Assembly this week, too.
Music Learning for KS1


How did you find learning the drums at home? I hope you enjoyed it! Here is lesson 4 but it is quite fast  So, if this is not for you but you still want to drum, try following this tutorial with your homemade kit. I know you all love We will Rock You! If you just have wooden spoons or chopsticks instead of drum sticks and a cushion for a drum, you’ll be set!


You can get creative and make a piece of art or create a dance, in response to listening to this piece. Send me a photo or video to: music@  Our Violinists in year 2 should take this option! Enjoy!
Music Learning for KS2
This week, you can either:
-          Continue your drumming lessons (see KS1)
-          Start/continue with
-          Get artistic by listening to this piece and creating a painting/drawing or collage response. Or even, a piece of your own choreography! Take a photo/video and share it with me:

I have picked a ‘Smalin’ version so that you are not swayed by any particular visuals – not even the instruments themselves!

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 1 June
Music Learning for EYFS


Play the game: What’s the sound? You could play this online version, or, you could make your own by recording your own sounds around your house – all mobile phones have a voice recorder app embedded within the settings, just type ‘voice recorder’ into the search bar in settings. Once you have recorded four or five, test out your brothers and sisters! See how good they are at recognising sounds.


Music Learning for KS1 Lesson 1 build your own drum kit from things around your house. Lesson 2: Gettting the right grip on your sticks Lesson 3: How to play a basic back beat.

 If this seems a bit too tricky, cut out the bass drum and just try the snare and high-hat parts!


Music Learning for KS2


This week, you can either:


-          Try out the KS1 drumming lesson with equipment from your kitchen, taught by the girl from the Argos Christmas advert, Nandi!

-          continue with or, you can try your hand at DJ’ing:

-          Create your own Hip Hop track:


Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 18 May
Music Learning for EYFS


This is one of my favourite pieces of music for piano. Click the link to watch a Cbeebies animation: enjoy listening and try out your own ballet dance moves! If you would like to see a pianist performing the track properly, click this link:


Music Learning for KS1


Here is another Doodle from Google called Theramin:


Click the link, follow the video tutorial and try making your own melodies!


Music Learning for KS2


Navigate your way to Team Tutti!


Every week new lessons and content will be unlocked and things will become more challenging as children progress. It’s designed to be fun but also educational.  There is no cost to parents in using Team Tutti – it is the side project for a Richmond based company, M:Tech and comes recommended to us by Richmond Music Trust.  The platform is completely secure and safe to use. M:Tech have designed the whole thing and created the content so it’s ideal for children aged 7-13.


So please visit , enjoy the introduction video and get busy composing your own music!​



Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 11 May
Music Learning for EYFS

This week I would like you to perform your own songs. You could make a video of you performing your favourite nursery rhymes or pop songs. Or, you could make up your own song about anything at all: your toys; Mrs Wolfreys and the nursery; your family – anything at all! Send it to me securely at

Music Learning for KS1 and KS2

I found this whilst opening a new tab the other day:
Of course, I would like you to experiment in composing your own sound pictures but for extra house points, maybe you could also search up Oskar Fischinger and make a presentation about him, his work and philosophy. Send it all to me at: 

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 4 May


Music tasks for EYFS


Do you know Singing Hands? They are friends with Mr Tumble and occasionally have appeared on his show on the television. They are also quite local in the Richmond area. This is their youtube channel: At Meadlands, we love singing and signing. This week pick one of their songs to learn and practise the signing too.
If you would like to contact me to show me your learning, you can via:
Music tasks for KS1


Do, re, mi, fa , so, la, ti, do! Can you sing a scale? I know you can!
If the weather is good this week, I recommend trying this outside on your balcony or in your garden! You will need some mugs (or glasses, if you are allowed - but mugs work just as well!) You might also find a jug useful, for topping up the water as you go. Watch this video to get the idea:
Start with one empty mug and listen to the sound it makes when you tap it gently with a spoon. In a second mug, pour a little water. Listen to the sound. Try to make it sound the next note in the scale. Keep going until you have 7 sounds - now try to play a tune, such as Frere Jaques or Twinkle, twinkle. Or, better still, compose your own tune and sing me a song!  Send your video to:
Music tasks for KS2


It features a musician called Bobby Mcferrin but he has been invited to speak at a Science conference. Bear this in mind as you watch as the audience are scientists, not musicians! Can they do as he asks? Find out!
Now try making your own piece of pentatonic music on your piano....What? No piano at home? No problem! Download one for free and use your keyboard on your laptop, or, tap the piano keys on your ipad/other device:
If you would like to send me your learning via a video, my address is :

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 27 April


Music tasks for Years 1 to 6 


Follow the link and select your year group. Click on the Music lesson. Have a look at the different activities and try out as many as you like. A a pair of headphones might be preferable so as not to disturb others in your home!


I would love to see your learning - send me photo or videos (with the permission from your folks) or just an email to my music address:


Don't forget to continue to practise your ukulele, recorder, Patagonian nose flute or any other instrument you are learning. 


Music task for EYFS


London Rhymes is a project set up by a colleague of mine, Rosie Adediran. Take a look at her youtube channel videos but especially, learn her song 'How Clean Can You Be?'


Again, if you would like to send me an email/photo/video of your music making, that would be lovely, too!



Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 20 April


I have already mentioned the wonderful Ollie Tumner but just in case you have not heard of him and his colleagues, they are called Beat Goes On and they are running an 11am daily workshop through their youtube channel: A great time for a movement break!
Some listening activities for all children this week:
EYFS: Listen to this piece of music. I am not telling you its name or the composer, yet! Listen and move to the music as you feel it tells you to!
KS1: Like EYFS, by all means, move to the music as you listen. Now, create a piece of artwork to describe the sounds you hear. That might mean colourful patterns or a full picture depicting what you "see" when you listen. Don't be distracted by the title of the piece. Make your own imagery!
KS2: There are so many great dancers in KS2. Feel free to do some interpretive contemporary moves around your living room. It is only an extract from a much longer piece, Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland​ There are lots of little details that I would like you to notice, so watch a second or third time and answer these questions through discussion with an adult:
1. Why are there so many empty chairs on stage? What does this tell you about the orchestration? (The way the composer chose the instruments for the piece.)
2. Which percussion instruments have been selected by the composer? Why? What effect on the listener is he perhaps trying to create?
3. When the motif returns the second time, how is it modified? (That's a lot of technical language! It means: when the melody line comes in the second time, how is it changed - in its instrumentation, specifically, I mean.)
4. Why might the Sao Paulo orchestra have decided to select this piece for performance at this venue? It is the Royal Albert Hall in London. Take a look at the wider angle shots. Would this piece have been selected if they were playing at Meadlands school hall? Discuss.
I am delighted to have found this clip with a woman conductor. I hope you enjoy the spectacle of the performance.
Anne Pearman


Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 30 March
Mrs Pearman has arranged access to a music site called
Please log on using these details:
We will email you the password on Monday morning. Once logged in, scroll through to find the song to learn as listed below. (There are only 20 songs available as this is a freebie during the school closure period.)
Early Years Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
Please learn the song:  Animals
Key Stage 2
Please learn the song: That's just life
Do make use of the accompanying dance video, too!
​ALL CHILDREN might like to join Ollie Tumner Live on his Youtube channel - 11am - hopefully, Monday! There are a few videos from last week to catch up on, anyway! Search him up - he's great! He is an ex-Stomp member and now runs his own music company Beat Goes On.

Lessons for the week commencing: Monday 23rd March


Early Years Foundation Stage


Please use your clean and safe recycling to make your own instruments. You can then sing your favourite songs and accompany yourself with your instruments! Take a photograph of your instrument and email it to your teacher! Keep your instrument safe because when we are back in school we can make an Early Years orchestra! 


KEY STAGE 1 (Years 1 and 2) 


Body percussion is a fun way to make music. To get to a professional level, you'll need to learn from the best.....Ollie Tumner! Mrs Pearman has met him a few times and attended his workshops. He used to perform with Stomp  and now runs his own classes.


Follow/join in with Ollie's workshops.... 


Now you can make your own music and dance routine in a similar way, on your own or with your family!


KEY STAGE 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) 


If you have access to music apps such as garage band or soundtrap, create your own piece of music. It could turn into a song or rap, it could be a soundtrack for a stop-animation or to accompany a favourite section of a story. 


If you are learning an instrument, be sure to keep up your practise. This includes ukuleles for years 4 and 5 and recorders in year 3. And, if you do not have access to music apps, you can compose your own music using your instrument. I would like you to practise for at least 10 minutes a day. 


You could try notating your piece using conventional notation or writing down note names or chords. 


If writing your own piece of music sounds too tricky, then try beatboxing with these starter tutorials: 


Maybe, our very own beatboxer in year 3 might be uploading videos when he is much older!


Please enjoy one of my favourite beatboxers, Kevin Olusola, who is also an excellent cellist:   This is one you'll know...​


When we are back in school we will have a 'show & tell' session when you'll all be invited to perform your home pieces to your class friends in school. This is how Ed Sheehan began, so get going music makers... 


Happy music making!

Mrs Pearman