Music at Bretheton

We at Bretherton Endowed Primary School believe that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.

We aim to ensure that all pupils receive high quality teaching in the subject of music. We aim to motivate and inspire all pupils to fulfil their potential, including those who show strong musical ability and talent on an instrument or voice.

We aim to develop strong listening skills which can be then used across the wider curriculum.

Through their music learning, we aim to increase the child’s self-confidence, ability to work cooperatively as part of a team and to give them a sense of achievement.

We value music as a form of confidence building, expression, as a social subject and for enjoyment.

It is also a way of artistically promoting our school and helps to unite the local community.

We aim to extend our musical performances with the local community and encourage children to take up opportunities to link with other musicians .

Teaching and learning

Every day all the children sing in assembly.

Class 2 and 3 have musical lessons from Lancashire Music Service

We are closely linked and receive supporft from Hutton Grammar School and Bishop Rawsthorne's Music Department to add enrichment to our Music curriculum.


This year all the children have worked towards one of two major productions.

Class 1 and Class 2 performed a modern Nativity, at Christmas at school with highlights performed in church. This included singing in a range of lively styles, alongside drama and dance.

The performance space in school and visibility for audience is great in school and it was greatly enjoyed by all. WE look to invite our community and would like to include instruments next year.

Class 3 and 4 worked very hard in Summer term 2 on their production “Cinders” which was performed over 3 times, had professional photography and video opportunities and the audience commented on the high quality of the acting and singing, which included solos.

Planning and Work Scrutiny

Planning tries to take into account cross-curricular topics of the classes matches them to the required objectives for music. Whist a proportion of music work is written down (usually on a group planning sheet, eg for composition), most music work is practical. Some of the practical performances and compositions are recorded on I-pad videos; a sample can be seen in the music gallery.

Assessing Pupils

Children are continually assessed during lessons. We no longer use levels to assess, rather they are considered as “emerging”, “expected” or “exceeding” .We access the Cheranga music scheme provided by Lancashire Music Service to support assessments

Expected Musical Learning for Key Stage 1 — Year 2

This document provides positive progressive teacher statements with supporting pupil statements for each Strand of Musical Learning in Key Stage 1.

Pupil Statements

The pupil statements match the teacher statements and are written using language that the pupils will understand. Pupil statements are written in italics to distinguish them from the rest of this document.

A general “I can” statement will not ensure conceptual understanding or depth of learning, therefore many of the pupil statements ask for a more demanding and thought-through response indicated by phrases such as:

I recognise/can identify these styles because…

The pupil statements can be extracted, or left within their discrete Strand of Musical Learning, and should be used as a focus to reinforce musical learning as appropriate.

This in-depth musical learning sequence will embed over time, developing skills with repetition.

The Strands of Musical Learning:

1. Listen and Appraise

2. Musical Activities:

a. Games

b. Singing

c. Playing Instruments

d. Improvisation

e. Composition

3. Perform and Share

The peripatetic instrumental teachers now provide a written report for their pupils, which feeds into their school report.

A wide range of videos of our musical performances can be found on the Music subject gallery.


Staff continuous professional development is vital for effective teaching and learning and we are committed to providing this at Bretherton.

Action plan 2017 2018 summary:

Set up all staff with cheranga log in and resources

Provide CPD for staff on teaching through Cheranga

Purchase tuned instruments and allocate to classes in accordance with proposed lesson planning and curriculum coverage

New subject leader to provide specialist support for teaching of music in school

Singing worship directly planned for to support love of music and understanding of composers, worship song choices, lyrics and composition and provision of instrumental use within school more often

Increase the number of places and children taking upextra curricular instrument lessons

Present subject report to Govs along with a children performance

Provide opportunities for instruments to be played at local high school performances and community events



















Our Music Subject Leader is Mrs Jayne Clarke





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