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Hello I am Mrs Brooks and I am the Music Coordinator for Hayfield Lane Primary School


How will music equip the children in Hayfield Lane Primary School for their future?


Music is more than learning to play an instrument or to read a note on a sheet of music, research proves that from early in a child’s life music plays an important part in a child’s physical, social and emotional development. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression and for all children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

At Hayfield Lane Primary School, we use a wonderful educational music scheme called Charanga. This scheme provides year group specific programmes of work as well as material that offers the opportunity for teachers to go ‘freestyle’ and create bespoke programmes for their learners, with quality recordings and resources that will inspire. Alongside these sessions practical whole class instrumental sessions take place in year 4 and 5, taught by specialist teachers. Music lessons cover the three strands of Listening and Appraising, Musical Dimensions and Performing and Composing. These are all studied each year with the children being challenged at an ever increasing level as they are introduced to age appropriately higher level musical units.

Listening and Appraising

Throughout the year, children are taught to develop their ability to listen and appraise by careful consideration of the musical elements being presented and by developing their ability to assess the relative qualities of the music studied.  Our programme of work includes music by composers from a range of points in musical history as well as focusing on more recent contemporary artists and composers.

Musical Dimensions

Children are taught to develop their understanding of music by studying the elements that are essential to developing compositions. These building blocks such as Pulse, Rhythm and Pitch are taught separately, practised and applied during each developmental unit of work.

Children are also helped to appreciate that, whilst essential constituent parts of music are important in themselves, it is how they are combined that is crucial in a well-conceived piece of work.

Composing and Performing

The final strand of our teaching incorporates the other two in order to develop finished pieces of work and to perform them for an audience. As part of this process, children plan how they hope their music will affect their audience. Children gradually build their confidence as composers and performers and are encouraged to take an active part in the many musical opportunities available at Hayfield Lane Primary.

These units of work are taught in addition to learning songs in class and assembly, performing productions and wider instrumental lessons for those families who are interested.