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At Shakespeare Primary School we intend to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage participation in a wide variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people and to understand rhythm and follow a beat. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music, enabling them to learn about the structure and organisation of music.

As the children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more expanded pieces of music from a wide variety of composers and genres. 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. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch and how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement of music, allowing them to compose, listen to and analyse music to a higher level.

Our pupils learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music, develop their talent as musicians and in turn increase their confidence and sense of achievement.


Charanga's Model Music Curriculum scheme of work is used to ensure a wide range of exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore. In the classroom, children sing and learn how to play a variety of instruments including keyboards, recorders and a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. This helps to develop understanding of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. Pupils learn how to compose and improvise, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds in to their understanding when listening to, playing or analysing music. Composing and improvising using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

At Shakespeare, all children in Year 4 receive whole class instrumental tuition and are taught how to play a brass instrument by a music specialist through Lancashire Music Service. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation and singing, as well as learning to play the instrument and perform as part of an ensemble. Follow on lessons are also available to Year 5 and 6 pupils in small groups, allowing them to further develop their skills and ability on their instrument. In addition to the brass lessons, pupils also have access to small group rock band lessons with Rocksteady.

As a school, we pride ourselves on providing a wide range of performance opportunities, allowing more scope for progression. As well as weekly music lessons, all pupils sing in assemblies, attend weekly hymn singing sessions and perform in seasonal events such as the Infant Christmas Play (KS1), the Christmas Carol Service (KS2) and Easter Services (KS1&2). Opportunities are also taken to perform in class and in whole school assemblies. For pupils who are members of the school choir or school band, there are also further performance opportunities, including those to parents and the wider community, local school competitions and even performances further afield in large venues such as Blackburn King George’s Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.


Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessments are completed each term to inform the subject leader of skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations, planning monitoring and pupil interviews. Children have access to a varied programme, allowing them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Brass pupils know they can go to the Music Co-ordinator for extra music to practise at home if they wish.

At Shakespeare, we keep in contact with local high schools, informing them of pupils who have particular musical talents. This means they are pointed in the right direction of lessons and other opportunities which will allow them to build upon what they have learnt here.

We know music lessons are having a huge impact on our pupils due to the success of the school band and choir. These extra-curricular activities build on and embed musical knowledge and skills learnt in lessons and also challenge pupils to understand extra musical terms and more complex notation. They perform throughout the year at a number of different events and competitions, not only improving their performance skills but also sharing their talent with the wider community. Children at Shakespeare are proud to represent the school and showcase their musical talents. Prior to lockdown, the choir had been poached by Britain’s Got Talent and had also performed with The Kingdom Choir on their recent UK tour. This year the choir won their heat of the Last Choir Singing competition and will now be competing in the final in June at King George's Hall, Blackburn.

Year 2 have been learning to play 'Rainbows' on the glockenspiel

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Year 3 have been learning about note lengths and using them to create their own compositions

Children in Year 2 have enjoyed composing their own music using Chrome Music Lab

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Year 3 have been learning to sing Mamma Mia and play the glockenspiels.

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Year 2 have been learning to play the Glockenspiel x

Year 2 have been learning all about record players and vinyls. They have designed and created their own vinyl.

Year 2 have been exploring with different instruments and creating their own pieces of music!

Year 6 playing the chords of c, f, g, a, d and e in keyboard lessons

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Keyboard lessons

Year enjoyed listening to Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart. They created this beautiful display.

In Year 3 we have been composing our own rhythms to play as part of a class performance. We have used crotchets, quavers, semiquavers and rests and performed our rhythms using percussion instruments.

Year 3 have been learning all about percussion instruments, we have then practised a call and response.

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Year 3 have been learning all about percussion instruments, we have then practised a call and response.

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Year 3 have been listening to Vivaldi Concerto in C Major and have created some wonderful portraits of Vivaldi himself and violins. Look at our wonderful display.

Year 6 - Keyboard lessons. Chords of G, F and C.

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Year 6 - Keyboard lessons. Chords of G, F and C.

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Year 3 have been learning to play the recorder. We have learnt how to play B, A and G and we love playing the instrumental section in Mamma Mia.

Music displays around school

EYFS- We have been listening to different genres of music, listening to what instruments we can hear, singing, dancing and learning to play notes on the glockenspiels.

Year 2 have been learning how to play the notes D and F this week!

It's recorder time in year 2!! We have been learning how to play the notes B & A xx

Year 5 have made this display showing the layout of an orchestra after listening to Variations on African Air by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

EYFS- We had fun taking part in a Chinese New Year party! We took part in a dragon dance...

In the EYFS we have been participating in Charanga music lessons where we listen and boogie to different genres of music. We have also been singing on the karaoke machine!

In music, Year 4 have been learning to play a brass instrument, as well as musical notation and call and response with Mr.Culross..

In Music we have been learning a song called ' I Wanna Play in a Band' and learning how to play the glockenspiels!!

In Year 3 we have been learning to find the pulse and how to play the glockenspiel