Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Music Curriculum Overview

At Thornton Primary we aim to inspire our children to have a love of music and a desire to learn how to become musicians. This is achieved through regular singing practice of familiar, modern songs alongside more contemporary tracks linked to themes. In class, music is taught through Charanga which is a high quality, structured music program. In the Early Years and KS1, 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 KS2 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; practice, rehearse and perform in front of an audience.


We aim to provide high quality music education for all our children through additional specialist teaching. In KS2 all children have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument and/or keyboard. In KS1 our children learn how to play the glockenspiel and/or keyboard. In the Early Years specialist teaching of music is delivered through Samba and percussion.


Overall, our music curriculum intends to engage and inspire all of our children in order to increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our children with SEND are supported as required.