Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of children. 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. We provide opportunities for all children to: create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which we develop exciting and stimulating themes and lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
During their time at Highfield Primary School children have opportunity to:
- 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Highfield we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme to help deliver the music curriculum. This is an interactive, high quality scheme and the learning is based on:
Listening and Appraising;
Musical Activities - creating and exploring
Singing and Performing.
For further details please click on the links below.
We strive to involve as many children as possible in musical activities:
- Music tuition through Trafford Music service - guitar, ukulele, recorder, piano (see below for further details)
- School choir - participates in the Christmas celebrations and sings in the local community at different events throughout the year.
- Eisteddfod – a celebration of music at Highfield and includes singing from each class and performances from the children who have been learning to play a musical instrument.
- First Access Programme - All children in Years 3 and 4 learn to play a musical instrument for a term as part of the First Access programme, provided by the Trafford Music Service.
- First Access programme concert – held at the end of the programme to showcase what they have learnt. Parents invited.
- Christmas Productions for Reception and Key Stage 1 classes, which have musical themes and involve all children.
- Christmas celebration at the local church.
- Children in Years 3 and 4 also have the opportunity to participate in the Extraffordganza event.
- Highfield’s Got Talent event where children sing and perform in front of peers and parents.
Highfield's high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Click on link below to see overview of musical development throughout Highfield:
Pupils in Years 2-6 have the opportunity to learn to play piano, recorder, fife, ukulele and guitar however there is a charge for this tuition.
If you are interested in your child learning to play a musical instrument you can visit Trafford's music service website to find out further information and book lessons.
Click below to find a copy of the letter from Trafford Music service which includes links to demos:
From Year 2 upwards if your child is interested in learning to play the piano please contact Mrs Brown, music lead, for further information.
In Lower KS2 all children learn an instrument through the First Access Program and have the opportunity to experience performing as an orchestra. In the past couple of years, children have performed at events such as Young Voices and ExTRAFFORDganza with world-class orchestras.
Pupils from Year 3 upwards are welcome to join our school choir. The choir sing a wide range of songs, many from the current chart and pupils have the opportunity to perform not only in school but also at other events, through the year and also in the wider community.