Music at Holystone








Music Intent

‘A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum


At Holystone Primary School our aim is to provide a music curriculum that is underpinned by our Core Values of Resilience, Respect, Independence and Community and which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.



Music Implementation

By the end of Key Stage 1pupils will:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality music
  • Discuss music they like/dislike giving reasons and using musical language where possible
  • Know music has a steady pulse like a heartbeat
  • Use voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Understand pitch when singing and playing tuned and untuned instruments
  • Experiment with improvisation and composition
  • Take part in a performance of simple songs from memory


By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils will:

  • Appreciate and understand a wider range of high-quality music drawn from different traditions and composers
  • Listen with attention to detail, talk about the music and how it makes you feel using musical language
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Sing with increasing confidence and control
  • Be able to improvise using voice and instruments in the context of a song to be performed
  • Know and be able to talk about different ways of writing music down such as staff notation and symbols
  • Begin to develop an understanding of the history of music


This is how it works:

Music is taught by teachers using The Charanga Musical School Scheme which provides week-by-week lessons for each year group. It provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression and engaging whiteboard resources while supporting all the requirements of the National Curriculum. It delivers an integrated, practical, exploratory and child led approach to musical learning. Links will be made to year group enquiry questions if and when appropriate. Children in Year 4 will receive whole class ukulele tuition for the full year. There is a dedicated assembly slot for singing in all age phases, with opportunities to perform to each other. For children who want to explore music further there is the opportunity to participate in ‘Singing and Drama Club’ throughout the year.


This is what adults do:

  • Learning walks to evidence the learning being taught
  • Gather perceptions from staff, pupils and parents
  • Ensure that staff understand how to deliver Charanga
  • Support, encourage and foster a love of music
  • Provide wider opportunities by offering afterschool clubs and additional small group tuition

This is how we support:

  • Adapt instruments and equipment to overcome any physical or sensory barriers
  • Nurture children’s confidence particularly when it comes to singing and performing

This is how we challenge:

  • A greater expectation to use specific musical vocabulary and children’s responses
  • Solo and small group performance opportunities – both singing and instrumental

This how we ensure all children can access the curriculum:

  • Effective planning giving specific consideration to Special Educational Needs or Pupil Premium


Music Impact

This is what you might typically see:

  • Engaged learners who are proud of their achievements
  • Learners who have  a love of music and enjoy singing and performing together
  • Children talking, sharing and reflecting upon their learning
  • Lessons which are made up of listening activities, games, singing, improvising and composing

This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:

  • Teacher assessment
  • Feedback from staff providing the wider opportunities element of the curriculum

This is the impact of the teaching:

  • Children who voice a love of the subject
  • Children who sense the pleasure of learning an instrument or responding to music
  • Children who can use a range of musical terminology correctly
  • A greater number of children wanting to access musical groups or wider opportunities both in and out of school
  • children who can talk about different styles of music and make links to other curriculum areas