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The subject leader for Music is Mrs Walker.


Every half term we focus on a new musician and spend quality time listening to the music of that artist. We learn about their lives and the type of music that they are famous for. This half term we are learning all about Scott Joplin. He was an African American born in 1868 who is famous for his Ragtime piano compositions. He was nicknamed 'The King of Ragtime'. The links below are examples of his work. 


The Maple Leaf Rag


The Entertainer


A film was made in 1977 about the life of Scott Joplin. An iconic scene from the film depicts Scott Joplin taking part on a piano battle competition. The scene gives invaluable insight into the culture and history of the music. The link below will take you to that scene. Hopefully it will get your toes tapping!



We use the Lancashire resource 'Charanga' as the basis for our scheme of work. Through this scheme we develop our musical skills using a range of instruments, such as shakers and other non-tuned instruments, glockenspiels and ukuleles. Children have the opportunity to demonstrate their progress using these instruments to the rest of the school in music assemblies at the end of a unit. 


We also learn to sing a wide range of songs using the resource SingUp. We are looking forward to coming together as a school to sing them again in our regular weekly assemblies when it is safe to do so. We also look forward to putting on special events again such as our singing assemblies where parents, family and friends are invited into the school to come and listen to the children sing, an event enjoyed by all!


Here is a song we enjoy singing together. It is taken from the film Zootropolis and is about keeping trying and never giving up. Please feel free to have a go at singing it at home. The children will show you how it's done!




Music Programme of Study

Purpose of study


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.



The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

The full programme of study is available by following the link to the DfE website below:

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