Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. Holbrook school provides opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
We make music lessons an enjoyable learning experience. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach children to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.
We are fortunate at Holbrook to have a studio hall to allow music lessons to take place in a comfortable well-resourced area. All classes have access to the award-winning, modern-day music resource ‘Charanga Music School’ which includes a complete scheme to teach the national curriculum, library of songs, topics, instruments and creative apps and also includes support of assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning.
At Holbrook we offer many enrichment opportunities:
Children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. Peripatetic music teaching is provided by West Sussex Music Service. Parents who want their children to participate in the scheme pay the additional music lesson fees on a termly basis. These lessons are normally taught to small groups of children. This is in addition to the normal music teaching of the school, but usually takes place during curriculum time.
The children in Year 4 will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument from an experienced music teacher from West Sussex Music Service. We offer children opportunities to perform in assemblies to the school and to parents to share their skills.
We have a school choir which we encourage all children from Y4-6 to join. The choir meets on a weekly basis and, although its primary aim is to enable children to enjoy singing together, it also performs in public such as Young Voices at the 02 and the Christmas carol service.
As a result, children leave Holbrook able with a strong critical engagement that allows them to compose and to listen to a wide variety of music.