Music Class


The vision of music at Bardsey Primary School is that music is fully embedded in every aspect of school life and our aspiration is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music.

Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication skills, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. Children will find that music is enjoyable and relaxing. Children will build on skills such as determination, resilience, hard-work and bravery.


EYFS Curriculum

The Music Development for EYFS can be found using the link below.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for Music in Primary Document can be found using the link below.


Music should be an enjoyable experience for pupils and teachers. Children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence at the same time. They develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.


Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.


Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga scheme which is designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.


Key Vocabulary 

The promotion of a language rich music curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in music. Key vocabulary and concepts could be presented in knowledge organisers and will be prominent in music displays.  

Independent learning 

In music, children are encouraged to enquire about their topic of interest and develop their independence when developing their musical knowledge and by demonstrating that music is important to the life of the school.

High Quality Resources 

Children will access resources to acquire learning through our music scheme Charanga. Children will use a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning. 

Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning 

Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience music through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom. 

To enhance the curriculum for music, school visits by musicians demonstrating new skills and/or by sharing cultural displays of music.

Educational Visits to enhance their cultural capital  

Where applicable, links to music will be made to develop the children’s topical learning. 

CPD Continuous training to ensure teacher skill and knowledge is developed to teach the subject with confidence and accuracy.  



The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music

The impact and measure of our Computing curriculum is that pupils are:

  • Whole-school and parental engagement improved through performances

  • extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning

  • Encouraging participation in music to develop wellbeing, promoting listening and developing concentration

  • Ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school.

  • Continuing to build on wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.


Leadership, Assessment and Feedback


The use of key questions ensures opportunities for ongoing assessment. At the end of each Music unit of work from Year 1 to 6. When assessed, it is likely that children will have a mixture of objectives assessed at emerging, expected and exceeding.

The Charanga Musical School Assessment Framework uses a Plan-Do-Check-Review approach and is supported by planning and assessment documentation, with the facility for you to upload and store digital evidence.

To access the full document including the progression map click here