“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity – it is a key part of our lives and therefore we recognise its value at Hobbayne. We believe it offers children something that is emotional, imaginative and fun.
Other reasons for teaching music are:
- To develop creativity: It builds imagination and self-confidence.
- To improve academics: Music helps the body and the mind work together. Research has shown that it develops areas of the brain that pertain to language and reasoning. Learning songs can improve children’s memory skills.
- To develop children socially, culturally and spiritually: Music teaches children a variety of cultures and helps people to connect. Children are naturally very social, and it's important to encourage them to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with each other. Music can also play a part in spiritual development and therefore music is an integral part of Hobbayne; during assemblies we expose children to a range of beautiful songs, which are uplifting and an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the wonder of music.
The skills of Music are taught to our pupils in a thematic manner, using Music Express Online and following a plan which embeds previous learning. We expect all our children to leave Hobbayne knowing the 6 elements of music. In year 3 the children have the opportunity to learn how to play the ukelele, which has been a very successful element to our music curriculum for a few years now.
At Hobbayne Primary, we aim to give children the further grounding and enthusiasm to develop their music-making throughout school life. Opportunities to enable this include;
- Special whole school assemblies marking Harvest, Christmas and other festivals
- Class assemblies
- Whole school opportunities such as the Christmas Concert, Christmas Fair and International Evening
- A wealth of peripatetic lessons in school time which includes; recorders, violin, guitar, piano and singing.
- Visits and visitors providing music-related cross curricular links such as drumming and singing workshops in school.