As Plato famously said, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe’, which is why at Hartley Primary Academy, music is a key part of our learning and our lives.
At Hartley, we encourage our pupils to develop a love of music and provide a variety of opportunities for the children to grow into young musicians. We help the children to build confidence to perform in front of their parents and peers, whilst at the same time encouraging all children to experience music, using a range of instruments.
In lessons, children are encouraged to listen to, evaluate and compose taking inspiration from a wide range of genres, styles, traditions and historical periods. We believe that music can give children aspiration, self-confidence, creativity and pride and this is why we strive to provide a high quality experience in this area of the curriculum. We are lucky enough to have talented musicians amongst the staff and children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument in their class music. In Key Stage 1 the children play the recorder and in Key Stage 2, the Ukulele! This is in conjunction with ‘Sound Hub’ who have the responsibility for delivering music in schools delegated by the Department for Education.
The school choir has a number of ‘professional engagements’ during the year; they have recently performed in a concert at school and they will open the Christmas Fair with a selection of seasonal songs and sing within the local community during December. In July we participate, along with local Primary schools, in the Longfield Music Festival, an annual event held at Longfield Academy.
Parents who play an instrument or have an interest in music would be most welcome to come into school and take a club in order to extend opportunities for music-making.