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Subject Statement of Intent – Music

At Holy Rosary, we believe that the Music curriculum helps children gain a firm understanding of what music is, through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Children are encouraged to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Holy Rosary and also to their further education and beyond. Children will further develop their knowledge by being exposed to a range of composers.


We aim for all children to:

develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our children should also know how Music reflects and shapes our history and how it contributes to the cultures of our world.

They should understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


We aim for all pupils to:

  • Perform, listen to and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
  • Use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

 At Holy Rosary, Music is taught as follows: FS – Y3 by Peripatetic Staff from Oldham Music Services (OMS); Y4 have Music provided by the Wider Opportunties Service – OMS; and Years 5 & 6 by a Music specialist from Newman College. Music is also taught as one of the main key foci, at least once per term in each class by the class teacher. We implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, focusing on knowledge and skills outlined in the Curriculum and Progression Framework based on the National Curriculum and ensuring that coverage of the National Curriculum is complete. In Foundation Stage, Music is taught through Expressive Arts & Design: Being imaginative.

A variety of opportunities for Music learning inside and outside the classroom are provided. Educational visits provide opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional Music learning outside the classroom – these include The Oldham Music Festival (Years 2, 5 & 6) and Come and Play with the Halle (Year 4).

 The Music curriculum at Holy Rosary is based upon the National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Peripatetic teachers provide planning for the learning they come in to teach based on the knowledge and skills document and the Charanga scheme of work and class teachers plan lessons for their class using the progression of key knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. Weekly quizzes are compiled by teachers and can include questions based on the children’s prior and current learning. These are used to ensure recall and retrieval of the key knowledge.

 In Music, we strive for all our children to enjoy and have an appreciation for music by:


  • Creating engaging and fun lessons
  • Listening to, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.
  • Listening to and evaluating the work of great composers.
  • Singing and using their voices to create different effects.
  • Creating and composing music, both on their own and with others.
  • Using a range of musical language.
  • Making judgements and expressing personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
  • Having opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned.
  • Using technology if appropriate to record and play back their compositions and performances.
  • Taking part in performances with an awareness of their audience.


Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Holy Rosary and all pupils participate in a Key Stage performance over the course of the academic year. Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, Key Stage assemblies and all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 perform at our annual Summer concert. Pupils who are confident are also encouraged to perform in solo performances. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances.

What we teach in Music across the school – Progression Grid









Expressive Arts & Design: Being imaginative


Year 1


Using voice is expressively- singing songs, speaking chance and rhymes.




Experimenting with and creating musical patterns

Year 2

Listening – experiencing how sounds can be made in different ways

Rehearse and perform with others, starting and finishing together and keeping a steady pulse



Listening – know how music is use descriptive live for a particular purpose


Year 3


Creating – experiments with and create musical patterns for dance


Performing – practice, rehearse and present a performance

Listening – know how music is use descriptive live for a particular purpose


Year 4

Creating – explore, shoes, combine and organise musical ideas using an electronic sound source



Listening to music from different cultures, experience how music is produced in different ways



Year 5

Listening to and performing a range of music from around the UK including anthems



Listening to high-quality recorded music and how musical elements can be used to create effects



Creating – improvise develop and perform rhythmic compositions using graphic notation


Year 6


Understanding of the history of music, including Britten performing – and New Year carol by Britten



Creating – explore, choose and organise musical structures

Creating – explore, choose and organise musical structures