Music is an important part of our school. Throughout the year, pupils have many opportunities to make and use instruments creatively to support and enhance the work they are doing in the classroom. The teaching of music follows the Charanga Music School Scheme, which is an online resource. This provides activities which are current, creative, fun and inspiring. Pupils also learn about great musicians, bands and are exposed to a wide range of styles of music.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils explore environmental sounds and body percussion. Pupils begin to learn new songs and create their own, and dance to familiar music. Recently, EYFS took part in the ‘Sound Communities’ project. We worked together with a music specialist who held regular music sessions with reception pupils. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions which helped develop their listening skills, singing and rhythm.
Pupils in Key Stage One listen and begin to recognise different styles of music. They learn how to control their voices, change the sounds of instruments and understand musical dimensions. All the musical experiences are carefully planned to enhance pupils’ learning whilst exposing them to quality life music. Last term, some children from Hillborough Junior School delivered a drumming workshop and performed a range of songs.
Music and singing are encouraged in all classes throughout the school. This is achieved through whole school singing assemblies where children practice songs from all cultures. We also hold regular music lessons as well as recorder club and have a school choir which are available for Year One and Two pupils.
Hillborough children have many opportunities to perform their music during school events, such as termly WOW performances and celebration assemblies. Recently, our school choir had an opportunity to perform alongside other primary schools at Mini-Sing 2019 organised by Luton Music Service.