Music Overview for Website

At St Joseph’s we aim to provide a high-quality music curriculum which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music. We aim to do this by delivering an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning through our music scheme, Charanga. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through our music lessons to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. At St Joseph’s, our KS2 children have access to Wakefield’s Wider Opportunities music programme and to the Diocesan singing programme. There is also regular singing through collective worship and mass.

Curriculum Intent

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children and inspire them to develop a life-long love of music.  From Nursery through to Year 6 we aim to provide a Music curriculum that stimulates, engages and challenges.  Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.


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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Curriculum Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Music, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Music is taught in Upper Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. In Nursery Music is taught through repetition of key nursery rhymes/songs and through an exploration of basic musical instruments.

Teachers plan lessons for their class using ‘Charanga’ schemes of work and our school progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. When teaching Music, teachers also consider the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced.  A variety of music genres are covered within ‘Charanga’ including pop, rock, reggae, hip hop, jazz and gospel.  The children also enjoy learning about different composers and musical artists throughout the decades and are able to discuss different styles of music using technical vocabulary.

Children in Year 3 have the opportunity to enhance their musical abilities on a weekly basis through whole class music tuition delivered by music specialists from Wakefield Music Services.  In these sessions children are able to use a variety of percussion instruments.

Children in Year 4 and Year 5 work with the Dioscese of Leeds School Singing Programme on a weekly basis to develop their singing potential.  In these sessions the children sing a variety of liturgical and non-liturgical songs.  Children are also invited to join the BKCAT choirs, which bring together singers from across the Trust to take part in special acts of worship at churches within the area.

There are many occasions throughout the academic year where the children are able to showcase their beautiful singing voices – FS and KS1 Nativities, KS2 Advent Liturgy, KS2 Easter Liturgy, Y6 End of Year Performance, regular masses and fortnightly celebration assemblies.


As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are encouraged to be imaginative and expressive through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Sing the pitch of a tune sung by another person.
  • Sing the melodic shape of familiar songs.
  • Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.
  • Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.

Below you will find the whole school subject overview and progression frameworks for this area of the curriculum.



Music skills progression