Music Curriculum Intent at Thingwall Primary School
The intent of our music curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
  • are provided opportunities for "live" music to be heard and interacted with-Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Choral Assembly, visiting performances and peripatetic musician performances.
  • are provided Wider Opportunities specialist music provision for Year 4
  • are offered extra curricular recorders from Year 3 upwards, School Band from Year 4 upwards and Peripatetic lessons in brass, keyboard, strings and woodwind from Year 4 upwards. Peripatetic lessons also offer a link to joining an outside school music group/orchestra.
The Purpose of study Music is taken from the National Curriculum where Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Implementation of the Music Curriculum
The National Curriculum forms the basis of our Music Intent and to achieve this we use the music scheme Charanga.  Charanga is an online scheme which provides a half termly unit of work for each year group which is split into weekly lessons. These Units of Work are progressive and focus upon Listening and Appraising, Singing, Playing, Improvisation, Composition and Performing. Charanga has also added a Model Music Scheme (September 2021) which can be used in conjunction with the previous schemes of work. In Year 4, the children follow a Wider Opportunities Scheme where they learn a musical instrument, which is provided for them, throughout the year. There is a wide range of tuned and untuned musical instruments available and ipads for using Purple Mash online music programmes.
Our Long Term Yearly Plan shows the Charanga Units being delivered with progressive vocabulary for each year group also.


Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, Music is delivered through the area of Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative and Expressive. The children work towards the Early Learning Goals as set out in the EYFS through our Music Scheme Charanga! Also continuous provision and small adult-directed activities.

FS2 children have access to musical instruments within their provision, they have a designated stage with which they have access to through a banded system.  Through the common goal of making music, children in FS2 learn to work effectively with other people and to build up good relationships. Music is the basis of many social activities, daily singing plays an important role in personal development and building self-confidence.  All vocal communication is comprised of musical elements such as pitch, rhythm and timbre, Music is seen as a core component of our children’s learning and is shared to ensure a broad, balanced and rounded experience in FS2.


Assessment is completed at the End of a Unit using the National Curriculum Subject Content and the outcomes for the Charanga focus for each unit. Children are assessed as age related, above or below age related. 
We hope to develop and nurture our children's curiosity by not only following the National Curriculum, but also by exploring their questions and interests to hopefully develop a love, passion and appreciation for Music.  Our curriculum and wider educational opportunities are carefully planned, to provide 'Music capital'. For instance, using local music venues, visiting musicians, "live" music performances within school and   collaborating with other local primary and secondary schools.