The musPPSFeb22-43.jpgic curriculum at Penwortham Primary School has been developed to provide the children with opportunities to develop their own appreciation of music. It encourages them to feel able and reflective, enabling them to be expressive, whilst  ensuring music lessons are fun and inspiring, engaging the children with a variety of songs, lyrics and movements. We actively encourage all children to learn to play a musical instrument, from classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with a peripatetic teacher. 


Our curriculum follows the Charanga scheme of work and includes:

  • Understanding music
  • Listening
  • Singing
  • Notation 
  • Playing Instruments


Our children all have the oportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

In reception this is body through untuned percusion and tuned percussion

Year 1- ocarina

Year 2 - recorder

Year 3 - recorder

Year 4 - Ukulele

Year 5 - Brass instruments

Year 6 - 1 term of brass instruments

Music supports our 'My Personal Best' values and has particularly strong links with the values of: communication and reflection

Implementation: Music is planned in-line with the statements laid out in the national curriculum and planned with cross-curricular links where possible with Charanga being used to supplement and provide extra support and resources to enhance music teaching. Charanga provides many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. 

Through our music lessons children are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. Children develop their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. 

Year 1 pupils are learning to play the ocarina - listen to their progress by clicking the link below:

Year 1 - 'We are in the Groove'


Year 2 pupils are learning to play the recorder - listen to their progress by clicking the link below:

Year 2 play G is for Game Boy George

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