My name is Mrs Hardwicke and I am a Teacher of the Deaf at Laycock Primary School and joint Music lead with Mr Sullivan.
Music is very important to me and I am excited about helping to develop this subject at Laycock! I especially look forward to our pupils learning to play different instruments and hope that one day, we will have a school band!
My name is Mr Sullivan and I’m joint music lead at Laycock with Mrs Hardwicke and also a teacher in year 4.
I have loved music from a young age and I would like to encourage and share that same enthusiasm with our students at Laycock. I love all types of music, and you are just as likely to find me listening to Miles Davis, Stormzy, or even Abba! I would very much like to develop music throughout the school alongside Mrs Hardwicke and I am very excited about the future of music at Laycock.
Our Music subject intent
Music is a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries and language and creates unity. It embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination the best in the musical canon. (National Curriculum Purpose of Study)
In our music lessons, we will enjoy, appreciate, dissect and evaluate different styles of music such as Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and Pop and examine the similarities and how these genres inform each other. Links between other aspects of culture, identity and history will be made, probed and established. Students will be encouraged and provided the chance to play various musical instruments and explore a range of virtual instruments and music technology. Singing will be taught and aided across a multitude of genres, with multiple opportunities for performance that will be encouraged and commended.
Students will be given opportunities to compose music in ways that are creative and relevant to them and their vision. Ideas and inspiration will be aided by the teachers, but children should ultimately be given the freedom to explore musical possibilities and expression.