Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Music Curriculum Overview

We teach music at our school in a way that inspires our children to have a love of music and the desire to become musicians. This is achieved through regular singing practise of familiar, modern songs alongside more contemporary tracks linked to themes.


Across school, music is taught through Charanga which is a high quality, structured music program. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, this program provides our children with the opportunity to listen and respond to different styles of music; learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs; understand the basics of pulse, rhythm and pitch; improvise and play classroom percussion instruments; share and perform music.


The program for Key Stage 2, enables our children to listen to and appraise well known songs; play musical games to develop a deeper understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch; explore duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notations; sing songs and melodies with greater musical understanding; learn to play classroom tuned instruments; improvise and make up own rhythmic patterns that lead to melodies; compose own tunes and melodies; record own compositions; practise, rehearse and perform in front of an audience.


At Thornton Primary School, we provide additional specialist teaching to all children. In the Early Years specialist teaching of music is delivered through Samba. In Key Stage 1, our children learn how to play the glockenspiel. In KS2 all children have the opportunity to learn how to play the guitar. The knowledge and skills taught to the children develop sequentially as they move through school.


Overall, our music curriculum intends to engage and inspire all of our children in order to increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.