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Curriculum Overview and Long-term Plans

Teaching and learning


The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of music are acquired through the activities of:


  • Performing
  • Composing and improvising
  • Listening
  • Appraising


The Early Years Foundation Stage.

The music objectives are set out in Expressive Arts and Design, one of the specific areas of Curriculum Development Matters. During the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils begin to build a repertoire of songs and explore the different sounds of instruments. They also begin to move rhythmically. The children also learn to link sound to movement, for example, making large movements to loud sounds. Through continuous provision, children have many opportunities to play instruments, and have experience of live and recorded performances. 


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 follow the Charanga scheme.


Singing is an integral part of music lessons in Key stage 1 and is used to teach, pupils develop skills at being able to play non-pitched instruments to a steady pulse. They also get to explore pitched instruments, for example, chime bars and compose simple patterns and melodies in response to different stimuli. Pupils have the opportunity to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of live and recorded music.

Year 3/4 -Tameside Music Services - Brass

Year 3 and 4 children have the opportunity to learn a brass instrument with Tameside Music Service.   Additional tuition is provided to children in Year 5 and 6 who are identified as benefitting from these sessions. Parents can make applications to the music service to enquire about the availability of learning other instruments outside the school day.

Year 5/6 - Charanga Scheme

In Year 5 and 6, children continue to use the charanga scheme.  Year 6 children have the opportunity to take part in an end of year production combining the skills they have learnt in music with drama and dance. In

Wider Music Curriculum

• Extra-curricular clubs

Pupils can participate in choir after school and recorder group during Wisetime


Musical events and other opportunities

Each year, pupils have the opportunity to perform to parents and to the local community in our Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival performances. Each term, assemblies showcase different areas of music learning across the school. Pupils from the school regularly participate in community events such as carol singing and Christmas light switch-ons, Young Voices, and children who have joined The Hattersley Brass Band regularly play for local companies and take part in the annual Whit Walks band contests.