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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School




Subject intent

By the time they leave Northgate, we aim for our children to:

Have experienced a wide range of musical genres from different cultures and to have practically explored rhythm and beat using instruments and their voices to express themselves.  

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music; and to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. Through the musical experiences and opportunities offered to them throughout their time at Northgate, each child will develop a musical identity which is personal to them, this may be in the form of a performer, composer and/or as an active listener who, in the future, will become a participator in the cultural life of the UK as well as a lifelong lover of music.

At Northgate we aim for our children to leave school having experienced a wide range of musical genres from different cultures, traditions and time periods. We also want the children to practically explore rhythm and beat using instruments and their voices to express themselves. Singing is an essential part of our music curriculum and children are able to sing weekly as well as perform at various events throughout the year. Singing and performing music together encourages the development of teamwork and resilience which benefits the rest of the curriculum and children’s future lives.


At Northgate we follow the Futura curriculum. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are provided with opportunities to sing songs and make music and be imaginative by sharing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music. They also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of pulse, rhythm and notation. Children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted in this subject. Years 1 and 2 also have half a term of whole class lessons in the ocarina provided by Somerset Music

In years 4 and 5, all pupils learn the recorder or glockenspiel, learning musical notation and playing as solos and in ensembles. Year 4 also have a term of djembe drumming lessons provided by Somerset Music.

Music lessons focus on playing, listening, performing, and creating. Singing is an integral part of the music curriculum in every year group and every pupil performs to the parents throughout the year at events like carol concerts, nativity plays, festivals and class assemblies. Children attend weekly singing and signing assemblies where they have the opportunity to learn songs from a wide range of genres. This time is used to teach singing technique and an enjoyment of singing.

Choir is open to children from Year 2 to Year 6, they are taught to sing in parts, about using expression and key musical vocabulary such as rhythm, tempo, dynamics and pitch. The choir performs throughout the year at events like the carol concert and the summer fayre.

Opportunities to perform outside of school, such as carol singing in a nursing home, enable our children to see the importance of music and how it can enrich lives, as well as building links with the wider school community.

There are now over twenty children across Key Stage 2 having individual or small group lessons on a range of different instruments. These children also have the opportunity to perform regularly throughout the year.

The whole school has access to the SingUp and Charanga websites allowing all teachers to deliver high quality singing and music teaching. Whole school singing takes place at least weekly during a singing assembly and children can also join the school choir. 


Northgate Primary School Music Curriculum Overview and Progression Document