Music Intent 

Our music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, using their voices expressively and creatively, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances. We encourage children to focus on the work of great musicians for inspiration and exploration, and to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own compositions.


Music at Bretherton

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 3 have brass tuition from Red Admiral Brass and are able to have individual lessons if requested.

We use Charanga as an additional music resource in school to enhance teaching as this gives children access to a wide range of musical genres.


This year all the children will work towards one of two major productions.

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

Class 3 and 4 work very hard in the Summer term 2 on their production which changes each year. They have professional photography and video opportunities and it gives opportunities for children to act and sing, 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 Charanga music scheme provided by Lancashire Music Service to support assessments alongside our Cornerstones Curriculum.

Expected Musical Learning for Key Stage 1 

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 2021/2022 summary:

To ensure high quality, enjoyable music provision with clear curriculum coverage across all year groups.   

To use and integrate Cornerstones music curriculum within the Charanga curriculum  

To restart extra-curricular music clubs like school choir and possible recorder group to give opportunities to majority of children in school. 


To increase after school club and to participate in more live music performance in school and outside of school in the community from both pupils and outside organisations 

To facilitate more live music performance in school from both pupils and outside organisations
Purchase more tuned and non-tuned instruments and allocate to classes in accordance with proposed lesson planning and curriculum coverage

















Our Music Subject Leader is Mrs Jayne Clarke





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