At Earlsmead Primary School we value Music as a powerful and unique form of expression and communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The New National Curriculum specifies that every child should have the opportunity to engage in making music. Music teaching offers opportunities for them to:

  • Develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, developing and extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.
  • Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and that are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

How much of the curriculum time is given to Music?

Every class has had Music placed in their timetable. They have one 30 minute Music lesson a week and throughout the rest of the week another 30 minutes of teaching time is given to Music. This might be when taking the register, a song or brain gym activity at the end of the day or through their music assembly.

Scheme of Work

We follow the Charanga scheme of work. Charanga Musical School is the most significant new Primary music resource for a decade. It’s a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

How else is music taught and experienced?

  • Whole class instruments (Year 4) and continuers (Year 5 & 6)
  • Private lessons
  • Ukulele Club
  • Choir
  • Drumming Club
  • Visits to concerts and shows
  • Music workshops
  • Topic Assemblies – Black History Month, Christmas, Anti-bullying, Book week
  • Themed Performances – Christmas, Black History Month, Class assemblies
We value Music as a powerful and unique form of expression and communication.


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