St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School




In Music, our teaching programme aims to encourage an enjoyment and understanding of music, designed to inspire a love of music.

We offer a bespoke curriculum designed around a rolling programme enabling our children to experience and enjoy the many different music skills that are so important, such as pitch, texture and structure. Throughout our music programme, children are able to perform, listen to and appraise music as they explore a range of genres, styles and traditions.

In Key Stage 1, children learn to sing, use their own voices and perform and we have a wide variety of  un-un-tuned percussion instruments to accompany our music work.

In Key Stage 2, children also create and compose music on their own and with others. Children are able to learn how to play tuned instruments including the glockenspiel and in addition to class based music lessons, tuition is offered by Tees Valley Music Service to learn a specific instrument on a one to one basis.

We further celebrate music through singing in assemblies in Key Stage 1, and within Maths and French lessons.  As a school, we visit church where we sing hymns and celebrate achievements. We also run a performing arts club after school in Key Stage 2 which saw huge success with ‘sell out’ performances with ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’.



As a school, we offer a structure and sequence of lessons to ensure all children have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intention is that children gain an understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.  They will be taught to sing and compose music, as well as understand and explore how music is created, written and communicated. 


At St Helen’s we implement a progressive Music Curriculum throughout.  The music curriculum ensures pupils sing, listen, play, perform and appraise. This is embedded in the classroom activities and through performances by a performing arts club. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played and appreciated. In the classroom, pupils learn how to play instruments and develop the understanding of different principles of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or appraising music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements. 


The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to pupils individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in different ways - either as a listener, composer or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse and they can understand other the inter-related dimensions of music elements.