Curriculum / Music Subject Page

1. Intent

At Arunside Primary School, we aim for all children to foster a real enjoyment of music through high-quality music teaching: supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. Within our wonderful and well-stocked music room, children will develop their musical skills and understanding through listening and appraising, singing, playing, composing and performing. Our curriculum enables children to discover music from a diverse range of cultures, genres, composers and time periods. At Arunside, our children have the opportunity to apply their music learning through a range of extra-curricular music experiences involving our local community.

2. Implementation


At our school, we follow the Charanga music scheme to develop the children’s musical skills and knowledge, year on year. Through this, children are taught to: actively listen and discuss music using musical vocabulary from a range of genres and cultures; play a range of tuned and untuned instruments including using their voices; compose, practice and perform their own pieces, either individually or as part of a team. In year four, children are taught African drumming by a specialist music teacher who delivers weekly lessons to develop the children’s skills and technique when using the djembe drums. Music lessons are taught by our class teachers, with support and CPD provided by our highly-skilled music leaders.

Year 4 enjoying their Djembe lessons from West Sussex Music.

In addition to whole-class music teaching, there are lots of opportunities for the children’s musical learning to be applied through exciting events including local music festivals, singing assemblies, nativities and class assemblies. Peripatetic music tuition is available to Arunside pupils through West Sussex Music, Sussex Academy of Music and Rocksteady. Pupils are encouraged to participate in school-based extra-curricular musical clubs which include choirs, recorder club and Young Voices (which provides the opportunity to perform at Wembley Arena).

Music Day 2021 – 2nd July 2021

This year’s music day focused around the book ‘Ada’s Violin’. This book is all about the recycled orchestra of Paraguay; an orchestra in  a poor part of the country with instruments made out of materials from a rubbish dump. We had lots of discussion about recycling and learned all about the Inter-related Dimensions of Music. The children then made their own musical instruments and created their own pieces of music using their instrument, thinking about the Inter-related dimensions. Key Stage 2 even challenged themselves to write their own song/rap lyrics about recycling to go with their pieces of music. The children had a wonderful day and their music was incredible! 

3. Impact

When children leave Arunside Primary School, they will have developed an enthusiasm for music. They will have experienced a wide range of musical genres, styles and instruments and will be able to use musical vocabulary. We hope they will enjoy the music process as they listen and discuss different musical pieces, manipulate different instruments, compose pieces independently and together, and perform with confidence and enjoyment. By the time they reach year six, children will have developed a progression of skills and knowledge which builds upon previous learning. The impact of their musical education will be evidenced by: video and photographic evidence of the rehearsal and performance stages; pupil voice about their learning; monitoring against the curriculum and skills progression framework. Ultimately, we aim to create an environment where children feel confident to express themselves through music and instill within them a lifelong love of music.

Year 5 learning and performing the notes to ‘Living on a Prayer’.
Our EYFS and KS1 nativities from 2019. We are really looking forward to be able to perform our nativities again!