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At Barcroft Primary School we make music an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Throughout the school, the children get the chance to learn a variety of different instruments in their music lessons as well as partake in whole-school singing assemblies, class assemblies, end of year performances and choir. There are many opportunities to perform music to their friends, classmates and teachers in school, as well as at other schools during events across the local area. We provide children with a range of musical experiences in order to build up their confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills as well as promoting a love of listening, performing and composing music in a range of styles and genres from throughout history.


Music Scheme of Work Planning

At Barcroft, our music curriculum allows children to learn, improve and build their musical skills as part of their journey through school progression. Each half term, the children learn about a different inter-related dimension of music which is taught through listening to a wide range of music from different historical periods as well as composing and performing using a different instrument each year.  


Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:

* Increasing breadth and range of musical experiences;

* Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities; and

* Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music making.


All year groups from Year 2 to Year 6 have a weekly 1 hour Music slot with the music leader who is a specialist Music teacher to develop the 3 components of music:

  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing


Early Years  

We teach music across all areas of learning within early years. Music as an integral part of the topics covered during the academic year. The musical aspects of the children’s work are progressive, with the aim of achieving the ‘Early Learning Goal’ by the end of Reception.


In nursery to reception, the children have a dedicated Music slot each week following the objectives set out by ‘Development Matters’, to ensure the foundations of music are solid and ready to be build upon as the children move through school. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. The children spend time listening to music from different genres and cultures, singing songs linked to areas of the curriculum, special days and festivals, as well as fostering their creativity by composing their own music to perform. The children in Nursery and Reception also have to opportunity to join in with whole school singing and performances.



Sing-up is purchased and used for both EYFS and Year 1. Year 1 lessons are taught by class teachers rather than the Music leader. Sing-up overviews are followed including songs, power points and resources. 


Cross-Curricular Links

Music in Barcroft Primary School, as well as making its own distinctive contribution to the school curriculum, also helps to develop skills in other areas, especially in the development of Literacy (language skills, rhythm, rhyme, research, creative writing, communicating ideas), Maths (patterns, sequences and processes), dance, art, ICT (composing, notation, research, use of I-Pads and recording for assessment), and PSHE (reflecting, listening, creating, performing).


Extra-curricular opportunities

Each class in KS1 and KS2 learns a different instrument as they progress through school. This allows the children to learn new skills and techniques, as well as build upon their knowledge of music theory and composing.


We also provide an after school key stage two choir for children to take part in and showcase their talents in performances in and out of school. 


Throughout the year, children in KS1 and KS2 have the chance to perform in a variety of local events within school and in the local area.


Mrs E Eden

Music Leader

Please use the link below to view the Music Policy:

Whole school overviews and progression

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