Music & The Arts

Music & The Arts

Welcome to the Music & The Arts Page

The National Curriculum splits Music into different strands, including: listening skills, playing tuned and untuned instruments, singing, music history, and composition.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

 perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

 learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

 understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

The national curriculum for speaking and listening aims to ensure that all pupils:

 listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers

 ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge

 use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary

 articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions

 give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings

 maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

 use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas

 speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English

 participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

 gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)

 consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others

 select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Within the EYFS, children participate in regular music, expressive arts and drama opportunities. The EYFS Learning Goals which link with music and drama, include:

* To sing a few familiar songs.

• To imitate movement in response to music.

• To tap out simple repeated rhythms.

• To explore and learn how sounds can be changed. 

* To develop a preference for forms of expression.

• To notice what adults do, imitating what is observed and then doing it spontaneously when the adult is not there.

• To sing to self and make up simple songs.

• To make up rhythms.

• To capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words 

* To begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances.

• To explore the different sounds of instruments.

Musical & The Arts Opportunities:

In addition to Music being taught as a curriculum subject, there are many opportunities and enrichments for children, including:  

  • Choir and performing arts clubs 

  • Dance festivals and performances at the local theatre

  • Infant and Junior voice festivals and performances at the local theatre  

  • 1:1 music tuition by a pediatric music teacher 

  • Visits to the theatre 

  • Visiting music workshops and roadshows 

  • Key Stage Christmas performances  

  • Whole class musical instrument teaching 

  • Dance workshops and enrichment events

  • Weekly, whole school singing assemblies   


At South Marston, staff use the Charanga Musical Schools scheme of work to support with music teaching and delivery. We aim to support children to see themselves as musicians. Our music curriculum provides opportunities to gain knowledge of music by acquiring skills in listening, appraising, composing and performing. We will provide exposure to a variety of musical genres from around the world.

Children will use a range of instruments and be encouraged to be creative and expressive whilst working individually and within a group. We follow Charanga, a multi-award-winning music teaching and learning platform.

Teachers provide an enthusiasm for the subject and share the importance of music for well-being, creating awe and wonder for all pupils. We provide opportunities to learn about and appraise different music from around the world and explore a range of instruments. Through our music curriculum, children will gain an understanding and appreciation of the differences in people and the wider world. This will enhance the school’s diverse curriculum, through music lessons, collective worship and our popular performing arts & choir clubs.

At South Marston, weekly music lessons are taught from Y1-Y6 each week. We use Charanga, a modern teaching and learning platform. Charanga Musical School units of work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. We ensure our curriculum is accessible to all whilst celebrating individual musical talent.

Early Years classes use Charanga for useful interactive resources. Music weaves into the Early Years Curriculum every day. Daily songs and rhymes provide experiences for rhythm, rhyme and rich vocabulary. Early years classrooms have their own basket of instruments that also link to Phonics (distinguishing between different sounds).

Our children will be inspired to learn to love music. Learning will be progressive, as they acquire skills and vocabulary to enable them to play instruments, listen and appraise different genres of music. They will be able to associate music with enhanced well-being and become confident to be creative and expressive.

Children are given opportunities to sing. Collective worship is an important time of the day at South Marston. We have a weekly ‘Singing Assembly’ on Tuesdays. The school choir and performing arts clubs are extremely popular and are offered as an after-school club, with an aim to working towards performances, such as the voice festival at the local theatre.

In addition to this, we work alongside the Swindon Music Service who provide staff training, INSET, resources for voice/music festivals and provide musical instrument teaching sessions.

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