Music

Our music curriculum enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.

Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established ones. We develop our units from the 'Charanga' scheme and all musical learning in our Curriculum is built around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all the learning.

Units are centred around a particular song, genre or period of musical history and lessons follow a familiar pattern to support children in their fluency and understanding of the style and piece. The wide range of genre enables children to be reflective and expressive; developing their own appreciation and respect of different music styles.

Within a lesson children will:

1. Listen and Appraise

2. Undertake Musical Activities including:

  • Games
  • Singing
  • Playing
  • Improvising
  • Composing

3. Perform/Share

Click here to see our Music Long Term Plan 

Through our music lessons, children develop their singing voices, use body percussion and whole body actions, and learn to handle and play instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. 

Music Beyond the Classroom

Each week we hold a Collective Worship which focuses on singing together and being part of a community of song. Songs are used to express our school values and Christian festivals and children are taught to take pride in their voices and helped to understand the emotional and spiritual connection which comes from singing together. 

We have a range of peripatetic music teachers who come into school each week to deliver individual music lessons. Guitar, violin and piano are currently our most popular instruments and if your child would like to learn these or any other instrument, please contact the school office. 

We have very close links with the music department at Ripon Cathedral and are active participants in many of their performances and events. Recent performances include the Cathedral Remembrance Concert, Christmas Carols on the Market Square and the Big Sing. Many of our children have also attended their lunchtime concerts and experienced a vast range of professional performers, from pianists and organists to German choirs and soloists.