Music at Manchester Road

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

The intent of the curriculum at Manchester Road is that:

  • Children are able to listen to and compose music.
  • Children experience music from a range of genres and over different periods of time.
  • Children know different musicians and composers.
  • Children learn to sing, and enjoy creating and composing music on their own and with others.
  • All children will have an opportunity to play musical instruments.
  • Children can talk about their opinions of music, and respect the views of others.
  • Children have opportunities to perform and watch performances.

This is implemented through:

  • School engages with Tameside music service to ensure staff and children have access to expertise, and so that staff have high quality CPD.
  • Each half term the music teacher teaches a year group – the following half term, the teacher follows up on this learning using what they have learnt. The sessions are 45 minutes per week, and half an hour when it is the teacher’s input.
  • Charanga is used to supplement the curriculum and give a resource for teacher’s subject knowledge.
  • Thorough planning ensures the children make progress in their learning.
  • Children are assessed throughout each unit against the outcomes of each lesson, and this is recorded on SIMS at the end of each term.
  • The music subject leader is responsible for ensuring the intentions are met.
  • Children in each key stage will have the opportunity to watch a performance and to perform for others.

At Manchester Road we teach music throughout the school, starting in our Early years where the children explore sounds, patterns and rhyme. The children are taught to listen carefully to music, and to respond with their thoughts and feelings.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 the children follow the Charanga! scheme of learning, where children practise different musical skills, and learn a range of knowledge.

The school employ the local authority music service to teach across KS2. This ensures all children receive expert music teaching for half of the year. The teachers then support this with Charanga units.

To read more about Charanga please follow the link below.

Charanga - Primary music curriculum, Secondary & Instrumental music


Model Music Curriculum 2021


Music Concept Map EY - Y6