Miss K France - Subject Adviser



Intent Statement

Music helps to develop confidence, expression and creativity and enhances their learning in other areas of the curriculum such as mathematics, languages, history, reading and creative writing. We aim to teach subject specific skills through singing, learning musical instruments with correct techniques and reading music notation. Singing is especially important as it has been shown to improve emotional and physical well- being. Correct breathing technique, team work and enjoyment are essential elements in group and solo singing. The children learn to improvise and compose music so that they are able to work together and to make creative judgements to refine their work. Listening to works from a wide range of composers and to their own and their peers’ compositions and performances helps with the appreciation and understanding of music. Through these studies the children grow in confidence for music performance to their peers and to audiences inside and outside of school. They are able to choose to extend their musical knowledge and skills by taking extra instrumental or vocal lessons with our visiting peripatetic teachers and through a varied programme of free extra-curricular activities.

Implementation and Impact

The children are very enthusiastic and engaged in lessons and in extra-curricular activities.

The classroom lessons are a mixture of Charanga resources and bespoke lessons on rhythm and keyboard playing and also composing. They are delivered two days a week by a music specialist as PPA cover and training is planned for non-specialist teachers to deliver music also. The evidence for the music progress is in the form of recordings which are made in lessons. These are edited and put on cds for the parents to have at the end of the school year to show their children’s progress. The National Curriculum requirements are covered and extended in these lessons. Assessment is covered through the Targetter programme and there are no levels for music in the National Curriculum.

To extend the use of the Charanga course, the children have been given access to the Charanga “Music World” and YUMU which means that they can log into and use the resources that are in school at home. We currently have a large number of children who are logged into this site and who are benefitting from the resources.

As an extension to the lessons, Pupil Premium group of children in have been offered and are taking up violin and brass lessons. We have instrumental and vocal lessons provided by our music service HWMSS and we now have a healthy mixture of vocal, guitar, brass, drum kit, keyboard and violin lessons each week.

The extra-curricular activities include keyboard club, choir, recorder club, showcase/ Concert club and brass club. The children took part in a performance at the Brindley and Sts Peter and Paul High School this year.  It is great to see that class teachers are developing the confidence to organise extra Curricular music activities (Mrs Woods, Miss France and Miss McCann -Choir). We have a number of performances in school including the Arts Festival and the concert for those who have peripatetic lessons.

Resources are well organised and managed. There are 18 keyboards and 31 glockenspiels which are housed in the music room cupboards. We have two clavinova pianos and various percussion instruments and guitars.

Music Skills and Knowledge

Year group


Music reading

Knowledge/listening skills



Year  3


Songs with themes of tolerance and friendship are taught. The children show enthusiasm for solo singing. Projection and pitch are developed. Tongue twisters and fun songs for diction are introduced.

Reading of pitch and rhythm is taught, with pulse and basic notation being a focus.

Children begin to understand stylistic and historical contexts of the music being studied.

The children learn a wide variety of music for recorder and make recordings of them. They gradually extend the range of notes and learn to recognise them on the stave.

Composing is based on keyboard tunes and their own song writing/ themed music.

Year  4


Children begin to develop as solo singers and there is a focus on ballad songs.

The children begin to study rap and compose their own raps.

Rhythmic reading continues to develop and includes mixed quaver and semiquaver patterns. Pitch is reinforced through the repertoire studied.

This is an extension of the above and reference is made to the elements of music which might include dynamics when listening. The repertoire is widened in terms of style and historical context.

Focus on the keyboard and the glockenspiel. Tunes have been made more difficult and include leaps and needing pitch understanding in terms of octaves.

Composing work mainly relates to the Charanga activities and composing on the keyboard for song writing.

Year  5


Rap is a greater feature and they perform more advanced rap with very complicated rhythmic feel. This is alongside more rock, ballad and disco style music.

This is continued and extended adding dotted rhythms. Sharps and flats become a greater feature. Key changes are also used.

Listening tests include features such as tempo, dynamics, structure, layering and riffs.

We mainly feature keyboard work in year 5 with a range of pieces which have been written for the classes. These include theme tunes from film and TV and Classical music repertoire.

The children do their own pieces using the keyboards and their voices to show storylines with background music and effects. They do the Charanga activities too.

Year  6


The Charanga repertoire cover a similar range of songs. Added to this is a course on beat boxing which can be combined with the rap performances.

At this stage the children should be comfortable with the concepts of reading pitch and rhythm although combining the two usually takes extra study through instrumental lessons. Children have the confidence to start exploring other instruments.

Children start to form their own preferences and to identify aspects more easily at this stage. Listening tests are still a feature of the scheme but much listening comes out of practical activities.

The children continue to learn more advanced keyboard repertoire and are encouraged to do independent study. The children engage in a “Choices course” project  to develop their own interests. Some children might take up new instruments or to show more advance skills (e.g. brass musicians)

The children at this stage have the ability to compose for a purpose and to make their own songs or mood music.

Please click the logo below to visit Charanga at home. Charanga is an interactive music site that enhances and extends learning in music at home. All pupils have logins for this site.

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Please take a look at some of our previous productions!


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