Music Intent

  • To build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being.
  • To provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music and to appreciate a variety of music styles.
  • For every child to leave St Ann’s Well Academy with a range of musical skills, knowledge and an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.


Our Music Curriculum is centred around the interrelated dimensions of music. Progression happens through the exposure to and weighting given to each dimension across the year groups.

In KS1, Year 3 and Year 6, our school uses the Charanga scheme as the basis for its curriculum planning. This scheme has an integrated, practical, exploratory and child led approach to musical learning.

The learning within this scheme is based on:

· Listening and Appraising,

· Musical Activities (including Creating and Exploring)

· Singing and Performing.

Children in Years 4 & 5 receive professional musical tuition through Whole Class Ensemble teaching. This aligns to the interrelated dimensions and the teaching is in line with progression of the key skills across year groups.

While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, the progression planned into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. All musical learning in the scheme is based around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music; pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation.

Through the implementation of our curriculum, teaching and learning will show progression across all key stages within the strands of music.

  • Charanga scheme & Whole Class Ensemble teaching are progressive both in learning and skills and knowledge.
  • Our curriculum focuses on the Interrelated Dimensions of Music (pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation) which are at the centre of all learning.
  • Children listen and appraise music from a wide range of musical styles, genres and cultures.

Fortnightly singing takes place using Charanga singing resources which give the children the opportunity to sing a wide range of genres and also begin to sing using notation. We also use our own bank of popular songs which are aligned to the school’s values. This gives the children the opportunity to learn, sing and perform songs which promote our school values.

Christmas, Spring and Summer music concerts.

  • Scope for children’s participation and wider opportunities for performing to greater audiences will be increased and therefore musical benefits greatened.
  • All children get experience of performing to a wider audience.

A love of playing an instrument is promoted and encouraged in their ability to do so as a form of expression.

Children listen and appraise music from a wide range of musical styles, genres and cultures.

In the Foundation Stage we teach music in Nursery and Reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Nursery and Reception classes also have access to the Charanga Music Scheme.

In Key Stage 1 children will:

Pupils should be taught to:

· use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

· play tuned and untuned instruments musically

· listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

· experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In Key Stage 2 children will:

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

· play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

· improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

· listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

· use and understand staff and other musical notations

· appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

· develop an understanding of the history of music.

We invest in the ‘In Harmony’ package from Nottingham Music Service.

  • Children in Years 4 & 5 receive weekly whole class string ensemble lessons from professional musicians.
  • Children will access extracurricular musical participation opportunities such as area band, music camps and choir.
  • Participation in Nottinghamshire Music Hubs events such as Great Orchestra experiment, Christmas in the City and Summer in the City.
  • Children have the opportunity to progress to Music Medals and Grade 1 through the ABRSM exam system.


Children will:

  • enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles;
  • explore how sounds are made, and how music is produced by a variety of
  • instruments;
  • develop imagination and creativity;
  • build a sense of pulse and rhythm;
  • understand a range of musical vocabulary;
  • develop the interrelated skills of composition, improvisation, performance and appreciation;
  • enjoy a wide range of songs and sing in tune;
  • develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.

Aspirations For the Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs. 

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Musician:

  • background singer
  • composer
  • DJ
  • instrument technician
  • live sound technician
  • music teacher
  • music therapist
  • musical director
  • musician
  • radio producer
  • recording engineer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • tour manager.