Music

  • Mr Mark Fletcher

    Music Coordinator

  • Mr Malcolm Hinchliffe

    Music Teacher

  • Miss Lexie Crosse

    Choir and Music Assistant

Intent:
 To inspire and motivate children, and give the opportunity
for music to play an important role in their personal
and emotional development.

At Heamoor School we feel passionate that children are offered a wide variety of musical opportunities, not just for them to learn a musical instrument, but to be able to express themselves through music.

 

Mr. Fletcher is the school music coordinator, and he enjoys singing and playing the guitar & piano.  He runs the band club.

 

In EYFS, the children have regular opportunities to explore and experiment with tuned and untuned instruments. As part of early phonics, children use instruments to help distinguish between sounds and explore sounds in their own environment. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.

 

We are lucky enough to have Malcolm Hinchliffe, our specialist music teacher sharing his expertise throughout the school.  His passion for music and knowledge of a wide range of instruments allows music to be taught with quality and precision. All our teachers plan music into their curriculum to develop children's progressive skills over the year.  

 

We see the benefit of music for children's well being, and teachers are encouraged to play music in their classrooms at times throughout the day.  We have a whole school singing assembly once a week which is run by Malcolm.  We are proud that all staff and children share their love of music during this time and it is as an opportunity for children to see the investment of music in our school community.

 

We have a school choir that is run by Lexie Crosse (HLTA) on a Wednesday lunchtime, this gives children extra curricular opportunities within the school day, whilst developing confidence in singing. Our choir performs for the local community at various events throughout the year.  In December we invite our local senior citizens for a morning of music, tea and a mince pies!

 

We have recently set up a staff choir on Wednesdays after school which is growing in popularity due to the positive impact it has in sustaining good mental health.

 

Mr Hinchliffe teaches brass, recorder, keyboard and ukulele across both key stages.  We have our own school band which have regular opportunities to practice and Julyan Wallis, our guitar teacher, delivers group lessons each Friday.  Both the band and the guitarists perform to a wider audience throughout the year with the highlights being our annual Mazey Day and St Piran's Day Parades!

 

Malcolm works closely with Mrs Osborne (SENDCO) to provide a bespoke curriculum for children with EHCPs.  These children receive weekly individual lessons with Malcolm and we see the therapy impact music has on these children.

 

Home Learning

During lock-down, Mr. Fletcher continued the weekly ukulele tuition in Year Four, via live-lessons on Google Classroom!

In agreement with Cornwall Music Service Trust, every Year 4 pupil is allowed to take home a ukulele to practice at home!

First Access To Music
Heamoor School has teamed up with Cornwall Music Service Trust to offer funded instrument lessons every week in Year Four.  Our wonderful tutor, Jenny, visits each Thursday to teach us the ukulele.  Mr. Fletcher has learnt how to play too!  We are getting better at plucking notes, strumming chords, and keeping a rhythm in a group!  We are practicing each week to prepare some songs building towards a concert for our parents at the end of term (venue to be confirmed!)  Fingers crossed for our first and possibly only live gig of summer 2021 !
Teaching Music And Supporting Special Needs
At Heamoor School, we strive to be inclusive for all learners.  Our subject-specific strategy documents for supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, help guide teachers in methods that are effective in the classroom when delivering music to SEND children.