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Shibden Head Primary Academy



Music at Shibden Head Primary Academy

Music is a unique way of communication through self-expression and creativity. At Shibden Head, we seek to provide opportunities for all children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In turn, this helps to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. At Shibden Head, music is taught through the curriculum, during extra-curricular activities and by instrumental tuition provided by Bradford music service.

Teaching and Learning

At Shibden Head, we aim to make music enjoyable and we also try to build up the confidence of all children through a variety of musical experiences. Before they transition to high school, we aim for all our children:

  • To perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • To learn to sing and to use their voices.
  • To create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
  • To use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

Music is taught in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 discretely throughout the year. Children are given opportunities to perform to wider audiences throughout their time at Shibden Head.

At Shibden Head, planning is focused around key skills and children are children are given the opportunity to learn and explore through instruments from EYFS to Year 6.

Teachers use Charanga (from the Bradford Music Service) to teach music. Charanga is an online resource which provides teachers with planned units for all year groups and includes all the resources needed to teach each one. These are fun and interactive for the children to use in their music lessons.

Weekly singing helps the children to practice using their voices creatively and expressively when singing a range of different melodies. Singing takes place in the classroom and all assemblies include singing for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Enhanced Curriculum

At Shibden Head, we offer extra-curricular opportunities for children to enjoy developing their musical skills. At different points in the year, we run a choir which meets weekly after school. We ensure that the choirs are given the opportunity to perform at different events in and out of school - part of our Focus Trust 7 Musts is to attend Young Voices concert and this in an offer that we have for our Year 4 children. Throughout the year, we also encourage visits from performing art groups and musicians, further enhancing the music curriculum. We also offer recorder club to our Key Stage 2 children as an extra curricular activity.

For the past few years, Focus Trust have hosted an annual Music Festival in the spring term. A range of children have attended and contributed to this. We aim to send different children each year, so that as many benefit from the experience as possible. On this day, children sing songs with other schools in the Trust, take part in musical activities and perform as a class/group.


Additional Music Instrumental Tuition

Children in KS2 are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with the Bradford Schools Music Service. Parents who wish their child to learn an instrument may hire or buy an instrument and pay the tuition fees. The children in  have a weekly lesson of 20 minutes each and we currently offer guitar, keyboard, and woodwind tuition. At the end of the year, children who are learning instruments at school can perform at a ‘Musical Soiree’. This gives them the opportunity to perform to a wider audience and is a chance to celebrate their progress and achievements. There are other opportunities for the children to perform during the year. Examples of these are the Key Stage Two Carol Concert and assemblies.

All children in Year 3 have the opportunity to learn the ukulele (taught by a teacher from the Bradford Schools Music Service). These whole class lessons are taught on a weekly basis and are free to all children.

Children in year 1and 2 also learn a musical instrument (ocarinas) and the children get to use a variety of instruments through our Churanga programme.

A sample of our music progression documents:

music intent may 2024.pdf



musical progression ks1.pdf


musical progression ks2.pdf


musical progression ks2 1 1 .pdf

 An example of knowledge and skills taught:

example knowledge skills year 1.pdf

 An example of music knowledge organisers:

example of knowledge organiser year 2.pdf