Music teaching at Heybrook improves the breadth, depth and quality of musical understanding and response for all pupils. All pupils have the opportunity to play a musical instrument; have a good working knowledge of musical notation; and, are involved in stimulating lessons that involve singing, composing and performance. All our pupils have a timetabled weekly music lesson lasting at least 45 minutes which is led by a music specialist. After school music clubs are a key feature of our provision.
In Key Stage One pupils are involved in a range of musical activities that combine performing, composing and thinking about music. Pupils listen to a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures.
In Key Stage Two pupils are involved in the above and use a range of Information Technology skills as a tool to develop musical understanding-to capture, change and combine sounds.
All children in Year 4 have an instrument, as part of the Wider Access Participation project. Any child who demonstrates a flair for music is provided with individual instrument tuition and an instrument.
The school is an active participant in festivals and competitions. Our talented and melodic choir has taken part in the Rochdale Festival of Youth and the Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts. In conjunction with our IPLCN (Inspirational Professional Learning Community network) of local schools, a calendar of school events takes place-such as the IPLCN Song festival and the IPLCN instrumental festival.
Parents can support their children’s music education by taking an active interest in our provision. The curriculum content is as follows: