Blackthorn Place, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7BE 01782 567700


Here at Crackley Bank Primary School we follow a progressive scheme for music that helps to develop skills in each year group.  

The school’s intent is to teach a wide range of music, musical styles and instruments. Singing is at the heart of our music curriculum, the children learn a wide range of songs, both old and new across a range of genre. Singing helps the children to develop an understanding of pulse, rhythm, pitch and tone. Through singing, the children understand how musical styles and genres have changed over time and how we can enjoy both up-to-date modern music, whilst appreciating older music. We look at different styles of music and singing as well listening to music to appreciate and enjoy it. 

The children learn to play musical instruments throughout school, with skills being developed and built upon each year. In Year 3 specialist music teachers deliver discreet instrument sessions in line with recommendations from the New Model Music Curriculum.  

In the Early Years, musical instruments are explored through play and discussion. Moving on to experimenting un-tuned instruments in Key Stage One. In Key Stage Two the children develop their understanding of tuned instruments, such as Recorders  and Ukulele in Year 3.

There is a clear focus upon developing musical notation reading and this develops from pictures representing each instrument and when to play it in KS1, to reading basic treble clef notation in KS2.  

The children learn songs that develop their understanding of different curriculum areas and different events of the year e.g. At Christmas the children experience singing traditional Christmas Carols as well as enjoying classic sing-a-long Christmas songs. The school takes great pride in participating in community singing events, such as concerts with the local high school, Carol singing at the local church and Young Voices this gives the children the opportunity to perform in front of wider audience and apply their learning in context.