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The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. They are encouraged to take an active role in performing music including in school assemblies and special performances shared with their families. As an academy we greatly value the contribution music makes to everyday life and strive to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. Year 1 classes are named "Skylarks" and "Nightingales" in order to reflect the focus during this year on developing singing skills. Ark Byron organises visits from musicians in order to inspire interest and music making.