As part of the Early Years provision, music is a part of the children’s experience, through both singing and playing simple percussion instruments.
In KS1 children receive weekly Music lessons from Kirsty, our music teacher.
In Year 3 all children receive weekly whole-class recorder lessons from Kirsty. For many of the children this is their first proper experience of learning a musical instrument and helps them to develop skills in notation, pitch, rhythm and performance that will be needed as they progress on to string lessons in years 4-6. The school provides each child with a recorder which is theirs to keep, but which they are responsible for looking after throughout the year of lessons.
In Years 4, 5 and 6, all children experience string lessons. The instruments are provided by the school and in return we expect all children and parents to make an effort to look after the instruments and to take the time to practise. These lessons are delivered by visiting string specialists; Claudine and Vicki.
Our weekly singing assemblies are an opportunity for children to learn new songs and to develop their skills in singing. Key Stage 1 assembly takes place on a Tuesday and Key Stage 2 on a Thursday.
Outside of Highbury Quadrant School
KS2 pupils who are making excellent progress in their string lessons are offered the opportunity to join the Music First Hub, a weekly after school session at Highbury Grove School in which children have further opportunities to perform on their instrument and develop ensemble skills. They take part in an annual performance at the Hackney Empire.