At Hawley Primary School we feel that music contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. It creates in the child a sense of enjoyment, purpose and belonging and crosses all boundaries of race, faith and nation.
Our aim at Hawley Primary School is for children to enjoy music, be successful and to have a positive attitude towards it. We believe children learn most effectively by being actively involved in their own learning and by developing an understanding of how their learning relates to everyday life in and out of school. Our role as educators is to equip children with the skills needed to create music (by playing or singing), perform music and compose music in addition to developing their curiosity of the world. As our children progress through the school we seek to develop their musical skills enabling them to work independently and collaboratively, using a range of instruments as well as their voices.
Music is taught as a cross-curriculum subject, in line with the Hawley Primary School’s Creative Curriculum. However, on occasions the subject may be taught discreetly due to the curriculum coverage and requirements for example; Year 3/4 cover recorders on several occasions and therefore do not cover music directly linking with the class topic at that time.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the Foundation Stage (EYFS) the class teachers deliver the music curriculum to their own classes. They work using the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five and use music and songs to relate to the children’s work.
In Years 1-6 children are provided with a 30-minute weekly music lesson, taught by the Music Coordinator in the school hall and occasionally their classroom. All lessons take place across one day while class teachers have their PPA time. This arrangement allows all classes to be provided with a shorter regular weekly music lesson instead of only 2 lessons in 3 weeks as previously taught. These music lessons are in addition to the music listened to and sung in daily assemblies.
At Hawley Primary School we are proud to say that we love music and how it enables our children to smile and most of all, shine!