The Intent of our Music Curriculum

Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.

We believe that a music curriculum which inspires creativity is the entitlement of all children. Our aims in teaching music include the following:

The children:

  • know and understand that music can be expressed in many different forms and organised into musical structures;
  • are given the opportunity to play and perform a variety of different musical instruments, both solo and ensemble;
  • listen to a range of musical forms and be able to comment on the various elements;
  • understand how music is composed and written down;
  • know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
  • develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music;
  • learn to sing and use their voices;
  • connect with music and use it as a celebration of life;
  • recognise the diverse nature of music and how different cultures are reflected in it.

The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of the school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which makes a great school.
(Model music Curriculum March 2021)

The Implementation of our Music Curriculum

The lessons are delivered by a Music Specialist working in some classes alongside the class teacher, and the class teachers leading in the other classes. The school also uses the “Charanga Musical school” online lessons with the support of the Lancashire Music service.

Digital music units are also taught. The development and application of musicianship –understanding pulse, beat, rhythm, pitch is continual and embedded.

Further to this we aim to teach in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well managed and enjoyable. Links between music and other subjects are a feature of practice throughout the school. The Music Curriculum explores how musical techniques and skills can be nurtured and developed in all pupils. Such skills are expressed instrumentally, vocally or through music technology. The skills as identified are:

  • listening
  • composing
  • performing

The Impact of our Music Curriculum

There is a love of music throughout the school. Music performances are regular events in the school year especially when we come together as a whole community. Children sing spontaneously and there is a willingness and excitement about performance. Children feel free to create and innovate when they compose and there is a willingness to evaluate one another’s work. Children understand genres and musical traditions and are familiar with music that forms our shared cultural capital.

Teachers skillfully ask open questions and challenge children to quantify answers and to give examples. Children are encouraged to be open and share observations and understanding with their learning partners and with the class. The children’s responses are used to inform future planning. Oral feedback and further questioning is a feature of all lessons.

Instrument Tuition

We offer instrument tuition to all children. These lessons cost from £4.50 per week for Keyboard & Singing and any other instruments are though RAD. RAD is bookable online direct by parents.

For more information please see the RAD website:-

We offer Keyboard and Singing to KS2 children via The Lancashire Music Service. Please enquire at the school office for more details.



Learning-Progression – Music

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