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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Music at Newburn Manor



 At Newburn Manor Primary School, music education is very important.  The curriculum offered engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.  All children have regular opportunities to sing and play instruments. A strong emphasis is placed on performance with all children given regular opportunities to perform to an audience.  Our new Music curriculum incorporates the following key aspects: listening and appraising music, musical activities, creating and exploring and performing.  Pupils will evaluate and give opinions about different styles of music and the different instruments used in different pieces.  Pupils will play games, sing songs and play a variety of instruments.  Pupils will compose and perform music. 


By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to find the pulse when listening to a piece of music.  They will begin to use the correct musical language to suit the style of music they are learning about.  Pupils will start to recognise different instruments and give their own opinions about different pieces and styles of music. 


By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will have listened to a wide range of high quality music and will be able to confidently recognise different instruments.  Pupils will be able to find the pulse of a piece of music.  They will explore a great range of musical styles and traditions and will develop an understanding of the history and context of music.  Pupils will use correct musical language and discuss feelings about different pieces of music. 



In teaching, we aim to:

  • Encourage children to sing with enthusiasm from an early age so that children will sing with confidence and expression
  • Develop children’s appreciation of different types of music
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music through playing instruments


Curriculum Delivery:

  • Music is delivered in each class for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. 
  • This is supplemented by input from a music specialist on a rota-basis during the school year.


Curriculum Content:

  • Children should experience a broad and balanced music curriculum which covers a wide range of musical styles, genres and traditions.
  • The music lesson is planned by each class teacher.
  • Where possible, links are made with other areas of the curriculum.
  • Resources include Charanga and ICT is used where appropriate.




Singing plays a big part at Newburn Manor Primary School.  Every week the school comes together for singing assembly where they will learn songs from different countries, cultures and eras in time.  Year 5 and Year 6 also take part in a school choir leading up to Christmas.


Performance opportunities/Celebrating success:

Children have opportunities to share their music both in the classroom with their peers and to parents/carers and other pupils in school.  These include:

  • End of term performances showing progress on a music project, e.g. whole class drumming/trumpets or school choir.
  • Class assemblies each term which can include whole class singing.
  • End of year productions/Christmas productions which can include singing performances.
  • Carol singing performances in the local community.