Music

To view our programme of teaching click here: Music National Curriculum

Intent

At Hathersage St. Michael's CE (A) Primary School, our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to  reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and  performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.

Implementation

Music is held in high regard and is taught by staff across the school. Music lessons start as soon as children enter Nursery and take place on a weekly basis throughout the school to develop our children’s knowledge, understanding and musicianship. Children are taught and encouraged to Perform, Compose, Listen and Appraise.

Lessons are taken from the published scheme ‘Music Express’ and other resources linked to topics are included. Music Express provides activities that are imaginative, inspiring and fun. 

During KS2 the children are offered instrumental lessons in violin, guitar, flute, clarinet, tin whistle and recorder. Preparing for performances is a major focus of music lessons. Children are given the opportunity to perform in special assemblies and presentations to parents and friends. Our choirs sing at the local residential home, the Lunch Club and festivals in church. Every child takes part in our annual whole school musical, held at the end of the summer term.

We offer a range of extra curricular musical activities. This includes two choirs across the school - Junior Church Choir and our very successful Concert Choir.

Whole School Musical Productions have included:

'Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat', 'Aladdin Kids',  ‘Jungle Book ’and 'Pirates of the Currybean', to name but a few, which involved every child, have been great successes, bringing the school and the community together. Events in church – Harvest Festival, Assemblies, Christmas Concerts, Nursery Nativity and our Christmas productions of  ' Are We Nearly There Yet?','Midwife Crisis', Born in a Barn' and ‘The Inn – Spectors’ have also been enjoyed by many.

Impact

Children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted in this subject. Children are enthused and engaged in the wide variety of music activities.
Opportunities to perform outside of school, within our local environment ensure our children understand its significance and place within the wider world and that these excite and inspire children’s thirst for knowledge and participation in this subject. 

Progression

For further information on the Music Ensembles, groups and events in The Peak District, click here: derbyshiremusichub

Our choir singing at Buxton Opera House