“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Victor Hugo

At Hempland, music is at the heart of our lives and is a treasured and integral part of our curriculum. We give every child the opportunity to enjoy music as performers, participants and as listeners. We aim to nurture children’s enjoyment and their interest in music by introducing them to a range of traditions and styles. We provide all children with the opportunity to sing, play instruments and to become active, intelligent listeners.

What Music looks like at Hempland

  • We use the Charanga scheme of work throughout school.
  • We hold musical concerts for parents throughout the school year, including Harvest Festival, Christmas performances for all year groups, Year 2 and Year 6 Summer shows.
  • A range of engaging extra-curricular clubs. These include, Sing and Sign, School of Rock, Young Voices and Recorder.
  • Individual and group taught lessons with peripatetic teachers.
  • Whole class instrument sessions taught by music professionals.
  • Outreach opportunities led by students from University of York music department.

How we entwine Music with our Hempland school values

Respect

Children learn to respect music from different genres and cultures. They respect the opinions of others in relation to their music choices and respect the achievements of composers and musicians both in the past and present day.

Opportunity

Children have the opportunity to explore, play and perform music through lessons and extra curricular sessions. They are given the opportunity to perform within school, to parents, the wider community and on the national stage.

Ambition

Children are encouraged to form a love for music, individual to them, which they can use in future experiences. Children see professional musicians perform and are encouraged to realise their full potential.

Resilience

Children are encouraged to practise regularly, to better their ability and keep going when they are introduced to a new musical skill.

How we know our Music curriculum is successful

  • Children will have a secure understanding of music, whilst also developing enthusiasm and a love of the subject.
  • Children will gain a unique way of communicating that inspires.
  • Children will be able to express themselves confidently using a variety of musical instruments and songs.