Mr Malcolm Hinchliffe
Miss Lexie Crosse
Choir and Music Assistant
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.
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 the progression of skills allows music to be taught with quality and precision.
We see the benefit of music for children's well being and so therefore 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 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 as we see the therapy impact music has on these children.