Music Rationale

Music is a subject that enriches children’s lives and education with many benefits beyond itself. It contributes significantly in developing language, reasoning and memory; it allows children to connect with others by creating a sense of community and promoting teamwork; it leads to improved motor skills and coordination; it improves memory and integrates many other subjects. In addition, music teaches discipline, relieves stress, builds confidence and enhances self-esteem by allowing all children to succeed.

Our school understands the value and enrichment music brings to the life of a child and to the school as a community and we recognise that music, as a practical subject, should be an integral part of a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Music lessons are about learning in and through music, not solely about music and aim to build up pupils’ knowledge and skills as well as developing their imagination and creativity.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum provides a broad, balanced and enquiry based curriculum that meets the needs of all children. Our curriculum enables children to acquire the knowledge and skills to develop a cultural awareness to fully prepare them for the next stage of their education and for later life. Our Curriculum raises expectations for independence and ownership of learning. Our Curriculum provides experiences and opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations.  Our Curriculum provides opportunities to explore new skills and experiences to help to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity.  Our curriculum is further enhanced by our commitment to a values-based education, including British Values, and through this, we provide learning experiences which promote confident, self-motivated pupils who are eager for lifelong learning. Our Curriculum develops pupils’ horizons through a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural opportunities which help to celebrate and embrace diversity as well as celebrating their own heritage. Our Curriculum is linked to our community and the wider society and develops our children as responsible citizens.  Our curriculum is rewarding for the learner and purposeful

Music Intent

Music is a universal language that allows the pupils of the Hellingly to express themselves as composers, performers, improvisers and communicators. We aim to inspire a love of music that not only develops a subject-specific skill set that exploring the interrelated dimensions offers, but also challenges children to consider their understanding of history, art, technology and culture; thus reinforcing our global and local themes as a community.  

Our curriculum endeavours to expose pupils to the works of great musicians and composers (historical and current), and to develop an appreciation of quality listening and appraising.  We are passionate that music belongs to every pupil of every ability.  Our musical opportunities – whether it be curriculum time, instrumental lessons, whole-school singing or extra-curricular activities – nurture pupils’ talent and creativity, but most importantly, teach our children to use their voices, take part and celebrate their unique gifts.

Music Implementation

Partnered with the online learning platform Charanga, music is delivered weekly during designated half terms throughout the academic year.  Lessons follow an established, consistent structure that is practical, interactive and allow children to apply their knowledge and interpretation of all key musical skills: listening, appraising, improvising, composing and performing.

Music is inherently embedded into the culture of the Hellingly, with weekly singing assemblies, peripatetic lessons and whole-class singing sessions accessible to all children.

During music lessons at Hellingly you will see children: – –Appreciate and accept a diverse repertoire of music that encourages rich connections with history, culture and their society. Develop a secure, musical knowledge that underpins all interrelated dimensions. Reflect upon their work, the work of their peers and work of other composers and musicians; utilising effective musical terminology throughout this process. Have the opportunity to access a range of instruments and refine the appropriate skills to use their preference competently and with confidence. Value the importance of music as a way to express ourselves freely and creatively.

Music Impact

The impact of our Music curriculum is:
Children are passionate, determined and engaged musicians. Children can develop personal qualities that will be beneficial in their daily lives and the wider world as sound communicators, fair collaborators and confident performers. Children can understand their own musical society, history and culture, alongside an appreciation of others’. Children take pride in their independent creativity, and are confident to give thoughtful reflection and improvements. Appreciate the contribution of others, and the benefits of successful, cooperative teamwork. Values music as a provider of unity, communication and opportunity.

Hellingly Music Skills and Knowledge Progression:

Working … or playing … at home

Yumu is a safe online space where children can go to learn, explore and develop playing and musicianship skills. We add the work they have been learning at school to the childrens’ login.

BrainPop is a engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities. Designed with relevance, depth, and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths.

PBS Kids has a wide selection of different music games to have a go at.

Classics for Kids® is a program designed to introduce elementary school children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way. It consists of a weekly radio broadcast and an interactive, multimedia website.