Music at Hellingly

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.

Hellingly’s Music Curriculum

  • 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

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.

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.

Create Music is the Music Hub for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex and is the
region’s leading provider of high-quality, inclusive music and arts education together with performance opportunities in the South East. Taking in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother, Wealden and the surrounding areas Create Music offers children and young people the chance to explore their passion for music through lessons, ensembles, projects, workshops, orchestras and summer schools.

Create Music’s vision is for a future where children and young peoples’ lives are forever transformed by the power of music, the value of belonging and opportunities without barriers.

Find out more about Create Music here:

Apply for instrumental lessons with Create Music here: