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In our cross-curricular approach to music, our pupils draw on the skills they have developed in other areas of the curriculum such as Art & Design, Maths and Computing.  We believe Music provides an effective vehicle for not only the moral ,spiritual and social aspects of the curriculum, but will also expand the cultural elements for all our pupils. We believe that through Music we can give the children the opportunities to develop and think critically and to show resilience.

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

Extra-curricular Music opportunities


We provide an array of opportunities for pupils to participate in musical activities, for example:


  • after-school Recorder groups who have performed to parents at informal concerts;
  • School Choir and singing groups who have performed to residents at Pilling Lane Residential Care Home and at the Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival;
  • Y5 pupils sing each year at the Denby Dale Music Festival along with other pupils from the Shelley Pyramid of Schools;
  • Y3 pupils enjoy whole class African Drumming sessions taught by a teacher from Kirklees Music School
  • Some pupils also access peripatetic instrumental lessons taught by teachers from Kirklees Music School

Useful links

Kirklees Music School.

National Curriculum.

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