Music is valued highly at Handcross. We know that through learning music at any level, children develop creativity, self-discipline, confidence, critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to cooperate and collaborate with others. They also have lots of fun!
When children start school, singing is incorporated into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as part of stand-alone music lessons.
Mrs Davies leads a weekly whole-school singing assembly and singing together is also an integral part of our celebrations and special events throughout the year, such as the Harvest Festival and Candle-lit Christmas Celebration.
In May 2020, during the period of school closure, the school community came together to create 'The Great Handcross Sing-along' to sing together and have fun, even when we were apart. Paloma Faith even got involved! Mrs Bondonno spoke on the radio about it and her and Mrs Davies were on BBC South East talking about the project!
Every child at Handcross has a weekly music lesson taught by Mrs Davies or our specialist Music teacher, Alex, in Dragonflies room. Children have access to a range of instruments and technology to support their learning.
All children can achieve in music. Lessons are fun, hands-on and allow imagination and expression to blossom whilst focusing on developing key musical skills:
- Listening and analysing
- Performance (singing and playing)
We follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Music but have also developed our own in-depth progression document to ensure that skills and knowledge develop appropriately all across year groups.
Special Events and Opportunities
In additional to performing in the annual nativity (Infants) and summer production (Juniors), children may also have opportunity to attend other music events in the locality, such as the 'Big Sing' for Year 5 and 'Little Big Sing' for Year 2.
Children also have the opportunity to attend our musical after-school clubs, such as 'Musical Theatre' and 'Choir'. Lessons with a peripatetic teacher, for example, in violin, guitar or cello, are also available; these are run by West Sussex Music Service at an additional cost. Please see link below for more information.
This year, Year 5 sang their hearts out at the 'Big Sing' event in the stunning cathedral at Ardingly college and the choir performed some wonderful festival numbers at our Winter Fair!
Music Resources to access at home