At Upton Snodsbury C of E First School, we believe that a high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, as they grow in self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our school Christian Values shapes all we do. We pride ourselves on applying our Christian Values to ensure Upton Snodsbury CofE First School is a place where a love of learning grows.

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

All children are given a range of opportunities to perform throughout the year at events such as the Christmas performance, assemblies and our end of year performance. Children begin their musical learning journey in Early Years, where they enjoy learning, singing and performing nursery rhymes.  In Key Stage 1, the children will continue to gain confidence when singing familiar songs and be able to add musical elements to their performance. They will begin to develop their listening skills to compare and evaluate different styles of music. As the children move into Key Stage 2, they perform more complex pieces and begin to compose their own pieces, using notation which they then reflect on.

As a whole school, the children explore a range of musical styles and learn about the history of music through assemblies, themed days and visitors. Key Stage Two continue to learn the history of music in class with a focus on a range of artists and composers through the years. The children are able to use the inter-related dimensions of music to describe and reflect on a piece of music.


The implementation of our intent is planned using the Charanga Music Scheme. Charanga is designed to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. It provides wide exposure to musical styles and genres from different times and places and promotes the exploration of the language of music through active listening, performing and composing activities.

Each unit follows a sequence of learning: listen and appraise. Interrelated dimensions of music, singing, playing instruments, improvisations, composition, perform and share. This approach ensures the children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.

There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge to accompany each unit that sets out exactly how the children progress throughout the year and year on year.

At the beginning of each lesson, children recap on the vocabulary, genre and style of music they are currently exploring as well as  a ‘flashback’ to prior learning to support retention of learning

In addition to the scheme, the children are given the opportunity to learn other instruments through peripatetic teachers  and Rock Steady. Children get the chance to perform their work to each other and those that have peripatetic lessons have the opportunity to perform to their parents at termly concerts. With the support of Severn Arts Music Hub, Year 2,3,4 children also receive weekly instrumental lessons through FAME. 

We encourage children to explore a range of musical styles, not only through lessons but also with going to watch live performances and inviting musicians into school. 

Children demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills which they continuously build on and embed, through following the spiral curriculum to develop and show their love of learning.


As a result of our music curriculum we want our children to:

  • Develop a love and appreciation for music
  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music
  • Listen to and review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and historical periods
  • Create and compose music both individually and collaboratively
  • Be given opportunities to place a variety of instruments, both tuned and un-tuned
  • Explore notation
  • Have knowledge and use a range of music vocabulary to discuss music
  • Sing in tune using voices to create different effects
  • Take part in performances
  • Apply an understanding and show our school Christian Values by listening to, interpreting and expressing themselves through music.

The impact for the children will be that they will have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can sing and feel a pulse. We aim to use music to also support the children’s wellbeing as it has many proven benefits to support children’s wellbeing through listening and singing to music.

Contact Us

Upton Snodsbury C of E First School, School Lane, Worcester, Worcestershire WR7 4NH

01905 381288