Our Approach to Teaching Music
Music at The Hayes is incredibly vital at The Hayes Primary School and is a huge feature of our school, it takes centre stage and is an integral part of our school's curriculum. We have a specialist music teacher who delivers class music and the music curriculum is based on the Croydon Music Project and where possible, our IPC units.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Music increases listening and concentration skills, and enhances our learners’ ability to discriminate between sounds. This improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills. It also has a positive impact on spatial reasoning, which is linked to mathematical thinking, and physical co-ordination, which supports handwriting skills. Music helps to develop our children’s short and long term memory, the ability to perform from visual signs and symbols, and the ability to listen with concentration. Playing an instrument extends these skills and develops co-ordination and control.
Our children are given many opportunities to perform, which gives them greater confidence to express themselves. They have quality opportunities to sing, play instruments, compose, appraise and listen to music. We encourage music-making in small groups, which promotes teamwork and the development of leadership skills, as well as being hugely enjoyable. All children have regular opportunities to engage in exciting musical and creative activities.
We fully endorse and support instrumental and vocal programmes. For example, in Year 4 our children learn to play brass and wind instrument through the Wider Opportunities initiative Soundstart. This initiative is incredibly successful because our talented class teacher works alongside music specialists. Singing is at the heart of The Hayes. All year groups sing throughout the curriculum, weekly during singing practices and in our assemblies. The benefits of singing are numerous and far-reaching. It is healthy, promotes good breathing and posture, can make us feel better about ourselves, enhances our self-esteem and sense of well-being, it allows us to work collaboratively within groups in a non-competitive, highly supportive environment.
We have a flourishing KS1 and KS2 choir, both who perform informally at school and more formally in venues such as the Fairfield Halls. At The Hayes, we achieve musical heights collectively in a choir and during whole-school singing that – mostly – we cannot reach on our own. Singing is the best possible gateway for a life of engagement with music and for learning to play a musical instrument. Singing acts as an emotional release, it gives our shy and more confident children a means of expression, and is also, let’s not forget, very good fun. It stimulates our brains and turbo-charges our memories. It is something we can all do.
The Hayes is very proud of its musical reputation especially in the provision of instrumental teaching and extra curricular activities. The school is able to offer instrumental tuition in the following instruments:
Violin Flute Piano Viola Cello
Clarinet Guitar Percussion Recorder Ocarina
We are one of a few schools in Croydon to offer Suzuki Violin and Cello. This method of tuition starts as early as reception. It is an excellent method aimed especially at the young player. For more information about instrumental lessons please talk to the office staff. The school does have a number of school instruments for hire.
It’s quite simple: Music is Magic at The Hayes!