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 By engaging children in making and responding to music, teaching offers opportunities for children to: -

  1. Develop appreciation and understanding of a wide range of music.
  2. Develop and extend their own interests and make sensitive analytical and critical responses to music.
  3. Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, and express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music.
  4. Develop skills, attitudes and attributes which can support learning in other subject areas, and are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, creativity, intuition, perseverance, the ability to concentrate and sensitivity towards others.
  5. Learn to play a simple tune on a tuned musical instrument, and be given experience of reading musical notation (where staffing/resources allow.)

 The full Music policy can be viewed here:

St. Andrew's Music Policy

National Curriculum Requirements

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. i) Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  2. ii) Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

iii) Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Scheme of work

At St Andrew’s Primary School, we have adopted the Charanga Musical Schools scheme of work. This can be supplemented by other resources and teachers’ ideas. We also subscribe to ‘Sing Up’ – a bank of hundreds of songs with backing tracks and ‘Words On Screen’, for teachers to select songs from to enhance their music lessons.

These two programs will support teachers in implementing the requirements of the National Curriculum.  It is important for members of staff to stick to the Charanga scheme to ensure progression and continuity.


Time Allocation

The recommended time for music per week is:-

45 minutes – class music lesson

20 minutes – singing as part of a larger group


At St Andrew’s all children from Reception upwards access a 45 minute lesson plus a 30 minute singing assembly taught by a specialist music teacher.

 Year 4 children all learn to play the recorder as part of the ‘Wider Opportunities’ scheme.


Equal Opportunities

Music should be made available to all pupils irrespective of their race, gender, ethnic background, and intellectual and physical abilities.


Extra-curricular Opportunities

Choir                                                For children in Key Stage 2 who enjoy singing –

                                                     a weekly session (1 hour, run by school staff)


Guitars from Y5                                Weekly half hour session (run by school staff)



Violin/Viola/Cello/                        Taught by One Education Music Service

Brass lessons (from Y4)              half hour group sessions for children in KS2

                                                    Priority is given to children who have shown an

                                                    Interest in music in KS1 and Y3.


It is our intention that, wherever possible, all KS2 children are taken to at least 1 event per year at a Manchester concert hall, for example the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Exchange Theatre or the Royal Northern College of Music.

Events include: The Big Sing (Y5/6)                         The Bridgewater Hall

                          Singaround  (Y3/4)                          The Royal Exchange Theatre

                          Come and Play with the Hallé         The Bridgewater Hall



 For each assembly, a different extract of music of various styles will be played while children come into and go out of assembly.  This will enable the children to access a wide range of music to listen to and appreciate.


Assessment and Record-keeping

A basic record-keeping sheet from the the Charanga Scheme of Work has been adapted for St Andrew’s Primary teachers to use.  Teachers are required to complete the assessment record sheet termly by using:

1 – Below the expected standard

2 – Working at the expected standard

3 – Working above the expected standard

Assessment records are kept in the Music folder on the school server.