Music is a universal language. We inspire the musician within every child through rich and diverse experiences, nurturing their creativity and freedom of expression.
At Hillside we believe in a high-quality music education that encourages pupils to be creative and enables them to learn the skills to achieve this.
Lessons are taught by a specialist music teacher where children are exposed to a wide range of music, given the vocabulary to express their opinions about the music they hear, and are taught a wide range of playing and composing skills so they can be creative and expressive. They are taught to read music and have opportunities to take nationally recognised music qualifications. Hillside is an accredited Stave House school.
There is a clear progression from Nursery to Year 6, building children's musicianship skills in a sequential way. Pupils are taught a variety of instruments across the school with a clear instrumental progression from chimes in EYFS to keyboards in Years 5/6, and recorder to flutes in KS2. The school has a wide range of resources and instruments, which are utilised in every way possible, with the aim to inspire a passion for music and the next generation of musicians.
Opportunities are provided for children to participate in a range of extra curricular clubs and performances, including community based projects such as singing at the local care home, church and library and working with other schools at Snape Maltings and The Corn Exchange. All pupils have opportunities to take part in school performances throughout their primary school career.
“We learnt about how to play the drums, and right now we’re learning how to play the ukuleles, GCEA. The sounds make my heart very cheerful when I’m sad. The tunes make me more into music and I practise at home”
Pupil book study - Year 3