“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.” (DFE 2013)
At Hampton Dene, we strive to develop “the whole child”. We recognise the impact that music can have across all areas of learning, and encourage pupils to let us share in their success.
As a school, our aims are
To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in music
To give all children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
To be fully inclusive and encourage all children to “have a go” whatever their level of musical ability
For pupils to learn to sing collectively and to develop their performance skills
To develop pupils’ use of information and communication technology (ICT) in their music studies
Pupils should be taught to:
The school uses an online scheme “charanga”. This covers all aspects of the curriculum and has a huge range of differentiated resources.
The scheme begins in Year 3 and children are taught as a whole class to play an instrument – usually ukulele or recorder. They learn to accompany simple tunes, begin to read music notation, and use correct musical terminology.
This is in preparation for Year 4 when a specialist teacher from Encore Enterprises, the Hereford Music Service, delivers weekly lessons for a year on an instrument of our choice. So far we have studied the clarinet and toots (a simpler version of the flute). Parents are invited to a concert to hear pieces that the children have been learning.
A number of children then choose to continue with the instrument, or to start another one when they move in to Year 5.
Beyond the classroom
Each year, Key Stage 1 stage a Nativity play involving singing and dancing,
and Key Stage 2 perform in a Christmas concert where they are able to showcase some of their skills. Years 5 and 6 also put on a “Leavers’ Show” at the end of the summer term.
The big event for the choir each year is the Young Voices concert in Birmingham. This is an unforgettable experience for the children: they have the chance to sing with 6000 children from around the country in a huge arena with some famous faces from the music industry.
We also do performances on a smaller scale in our local community, visiting churches and nursing homes to sing Christmas carols.
Our instrumentalists are offered the chance to play in assemblies and as part of a “Musical Afternoon” to which parents are invited. Currently, have a large range of instruments being learned – clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboard, harp and even double bass!