Clifton Primary School


Music at Clifton Primary School


At Clifton Primary School, we aim to develop a real love, enthusiasm and curiosity for
music. We aim for children to gain a clear understanding of what music is through
listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide
variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.


The Music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is
embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies,
various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. The school
choir also offers further opportunities to develop singing and performance skills.
Through the musical programme Charanga, class lessons are inclusive so all children
can access the Music curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a
love of learning. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children
with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.
The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to
use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made,
played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children have the opportunity
to play a variety of percussion instruments as well as the ocarina in KS1 and the
recorder in KS2. Visiting instrumental teachers also offer the opportunity for children
to have group or individual lessons on a wide variety of instruments. Children also
learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn
feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Charanga is
also supplemented with Music Express to enhance musical skills and activities from
the BBC Ten Pieces to further enhance the children’s knowledge and understanding
of classical music.


Children are able to access and enjoy music in as many ways as either listener,
creator or performer. Music also enables children to develop an understanding of
culture and history. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own
thoughts, opinions and ideas in a way that encourages respect for differing opinions.
At Clifton Primary School children are provided with opportunities to further and
support their understanding, love and skill at music. These include school
productions, class assemblies and singing in the wider community. Individual interests
and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring
that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Strong links
with the local high school and instrumental teachers ensures children know how to
continue to explore their love of music at the next stage.