Music at Hamsey School
At Hamsey School, we understand that music is an important way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children as well as being a vehicle for personal expression and development. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. At Hamsey, music plays an important part in helping children feel part of our school community.
Through the teaching of music at Hamsey School, we aim to give children:
A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
An awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
An understanding of how the historical, social, and cultural origins of music contribute to the diversity of musical styles.
A musical understanding underpinned by aural perception, internalisation, and knowledge of music, including developing levels of technical expertise.
The opportunity to create original, imaginative, and fluent composition and performance work.
The ability to use musical terminology effectively.
We ensure that children have access to a variety of music performances and activities throughout the year, with opportunities for all pupils to take part. These include: Weekly singing assemblies, Christmas, Easter and Harvest performances, Y6 Productions, extra-curricular clubs and the opportunity to take part in the ‘Voice in a Million’ choir at Wembly Arena.
Children at Hamsey School have access to a variety of peripatetic music lessons and music opportunities including visiting musicians and music workshops. We have a variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments for the children to use in their lessons and teachers use ‘Sing Up’ music resources to support classroom learning and singing assemblies.
During the summer term, all children at Hamsey School complete a ‘Create’ project with a Music and Arts focus across the two Summer terms. The Music focus of this project ensures that all children learn about the different components of music theory; have opportunities to improvise, compose and perform; and have access to live music experiences. Children are encouraged to complete detailed analysis of different pieces of music, focusing on musical structure and the impact of music on its audience. The progression of these sessions have been designed in line with the National Curriculum Music objectives for KS1 and KS2.
All children have opportunities to compose, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop transcribing and descriptive skills, and to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms.