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Music Across the School




The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At Youlgrave All Saints C of E Primary School, music has always been a passion of the school and our overall aim in music is for our pupils to leave school with a sound understanding of appreciating, reading, performing and composing music. We aim to do this through our ‘We Care’ curriculum and Welcoming all types of musical styles into our curriculum, sharing and enjoying music within the whole community and show casing our fantastic achievements, achieving high standards of musical understanding, respecting music of all types and genres and through staff encouragement our pupils learn to enjoy and participate fully in all musical opportunities.



Children can learn a range of instruments from our partnership with peripatetic teachers such as guitar and piano. As part of our musical offer, children in Year 3 and 4, 5 and 6 take part in weekly taught brass sessions. Class teachers also provide weekly music teaching using a scheme called Charanga (endorsed by the Derbyshire Music Partnership), which develops a range of musical skills, such as appreciating, reading, performing and composing music. Our children showcase their musical talents during assemblies, concerts and performances, which take place throughout the year. 

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate.

In the classroom children learn how to play an instrument such as the glockenspiel. In doing so they understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose music, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum which develops the understanding of musical elements.



The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer.