Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations – stimulating responses on both emotional and intellectual levels. It allows opportunity for personal expression and plays an important part in the personal development of an individual.

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, our music curriculum aims to promote the enthusiasm for, and the enjoyment of, music in all its forms. Our goal is for the children to develop musical skills and knowledge through effective teaching where children are fully engaged in their learning. By engaging children in musical experiences, we offer them opportunities to develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other curriculum areas, as well as developing life skills such as listening, the ability to concentrate, creativity, self-confidence and a sensitivity towards others and the environment.

Music is a powerful and unique form of communication. By engaging children in making and responding to music, music teaching offers opportunities for them to:

  • Develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of music, developing their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music.
  • Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and that are needed for life and work.  This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity toward others.

We aim to provide our pupils with the opportunity to experience Music to the fullest extent possible.  We aim to do this by:

  • Providing the highest quality teaching and learning experience possible.
  • Providing a music curriculum that is broad and well balanced
  • Providing a curriculum which progressively develops musical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • To provide children with a means to express ideas and feelings through sound
  • To promote positive attitudes towards and enthusiasm for, music work in school
  • To develop social skills and awareness whilst making music together
  • To develop insight through music into other areas of experience
  • Seeking the highest possible standards
  • Promoting excellence and enjoyment in Music
  • To provide a progressive curriculum that develops “technical” understanding; “constructive” knowledge of musical components and allows children to develop their “expressive” knowledge through understanding musical quality, meaning and creativity. (See Ofsted “Research Review Series: Music

To ensure our pupils have the best opportunity to acquire and nurture their musical talents and awareness, we use ‘Charanga’, a program that teaches the children to listen and respond to a variety of musical genres, through the medium of singing, playing instruments, exploring form and composing their own musical creations. These lessons are linked to the topic where possible However, it can also be taught discretely.

At St Joseph's we fully support musical instrument tuition and provide this in a variety of forms. This can be taught through classical instrumental lessons, learning how to play instruments such as the violin, cello, ukulele and ocarina, to more modern musical tuition provide through our partnership with RockSteady. Children can become part of a band and learn instruments such as drums, keyboards, vocals and electric guitar.


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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

50 Bournes Row,
Gregson Lane,
Danielle Dewhurst
01254 853473 [email protected]