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Music Curriculum Statement


St James’ Junior School believes that high quality Music Education will engage and inspire our pupils to develop their love of music and their talent as musicians. This experience and achievement will then increase their self-confidence and creativity. All individuals will have opportunities to develop these skills in a wide range of teaching and learning activities. Our intent in music is for children:

• To perform, listen to and review a wide range of music.

• To learn to sing and use their voices.

• To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument – glockenspiel and recorder.

• To develop an understanding of the terminology used within all music, which is referred to as the Inter-related dimensions of music: pitch, timbre, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and musical notation.


  • Children will participate in a range of classroom activities, which develop the skills they use across both Key Stages.
  • Children will develop confidence in performing, either using their voices or a musical instrument.
  • Children will be given opportunities to access a wide range of musical genres; they will be confident about talking and evaluating this music, recognising that different music appeals to different people.
  • Children will be given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, recorder or percussion instruments.
  • Children will develop confidence as musicians.
  • As a staff, we maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of music are being taught across the year group.
  • Teachers continually assess children in the topic (assessment for learning) to ensure all lessons are relevant and will help to plan for next steps. When planning, teachers will also refer to the progression maps which will ensure progression across the year groups.
  • Children to be taught the fluency facts mentioned in the topic overview to ensure children can recall key musical facts.
  • Key vocabulary which is included in both the planning and on the information that is sent home so that children are immersed in the musical language children to have a log in to charanga to be able to further their learning at home.
  • Children and teachers will continue to develop deep subject knowledge and key skills.
  • Strong links to the drivers; Oracy, Initiatives, Opening Doors to the World, Futures and Keeping Safe.
  • Use of the Charanga scheme which has been developed by musicians.


All children will participate in high-quality music sessions across the year. These may be linked to topics and other areas of the Curriculum, or taught as stand-alone lessons. All music should be identified on each Year Group’s Long Term and Medium Term Plans. Short-term plans should show a series of lessons, which show the objectives of the lesson; progression; teacher assessment opportunities. The Charanga Scheme of Work has clear sequences of lessons, lesson objectives and outlines, along with the resources needed to teach them; this will enable all members of staff (including non-specialists) to deliver well-planned quality lessons, with appropriate differentiation.