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The Music Curriculum at St Thomas'


At St Thomas’, we deliver an ambitious, and enriching music curriculum which enables pupils to apply their growing musical knowledge creatively. Through learning two instruments (trumpet and drum) in depth throughout Key Stage 2, pupils are given the opportunity to develop musical excellence which prepares them for further study of music in Key Stage 3.

Our curriculum builds upon prior knowledge in a careful sequence, both within and between year groups. We value the diversity of music and so offer extra-curricular music tuition through musical minds. In addition to this, we celebrate our musical talents through our school Key Stage 2 choir who rehearse throughout the year and perform at events to showcase their talents.


How is Music taught at St Thomas?


  • Charanga- in Key Stage 1, teachers follow the Charanga scheme. The activities and games included in the scheme cover the musical dimensions, (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc) through singing and playing instruments, listening and creating music – all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece. Each class will follow two units of their choice in addition to the ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’ unit.
  • Structure of lesson:


The teacher will introduce the children to the new vocabulary, including an action to help with recall. Teachers may use the toolkit within Charanga scheme to explain new vocabulary using video clips.


Every lesson will conclude with a mini performance. This will develop the pupils’ confidence as performers and celebrates their developing musical achievements. At the end of each unit, the class will perform for an audience, for example in STAR assembly, or with the wider community.

  • Musical Minds- In Key stage 2, pupils are taught trumpet or drums by music specialists. These lessons are carefully sequenced to ensure progression in musical skills and knowledge. In addition to this, parents can fund extra music tuition within school through Musical Minds.
  • Composers- each half term, a focus composer will be played during lunchtimes. This will be indicated through a poster in the hall. Each class will also use the music of this composer as their ‘quiet music’ in class. This will broaden pupils’ knowledge of music over history and expose them to a range of composers.
  • Evidence – Each performance will be recorded and saved onto the teacher shared drive. This will evidence progression and can also be used as a teaching tool with the pupils in the subsequent lesson.  
  • Choir- All pupils in key stage two have an opportunity to join the school choir. Each half term new joining letters are distributed. Pupils learn a variety of songs, chosen by the children. There will be opportunities for the children to perform both inside and outside of school throughout the year.
  • Online Platform- All pupils will have access to the online platform ‘Yumu’ provided by Charanga. Each class will have a shared username and password with access to the class’ current unit of work. This can be accessed in school, or out of school. Whilst is not compulsory for all pupils to access this at home, a link to this website should be included on all class webpages, under the sub-page ‘Home Learning’. This can also give pupils the opportunity to learn a new instrument through self-study.


What do we expect to achieve through our Music curriculum? 


By the end of KS1, our pupils will:

  • 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 inter-related dimensions of music.


By the end of KS2, our pupils will:

  • 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 inter-related

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.