Archbishop Courtenay Primary School

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Music Lead: Mrs Maskell


At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, our music curriculum inspires creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We develop and foster a lifelong love of music by exposing children to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians


British Values

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School we understand our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Respect, compassion, aspiration, resilience and friendship”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.



In addition to our weekly music curriculum, all children take part in singing assembly. We make music an enjoyable learning experience and encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities. We provide opportunities for all children to sing and to listen to and appreciate different styles and genres of music. We teach them the skills of recognising and commenting on pulse, pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics and texture in music. At Archbishop Courtenay, we are enhancing our provision to provide opportunities for children to work closely with others to make music and show how individuals compose and organise music. We also begin to teach children the features of musical notation and develop an understanding of the history of music.



In class, the teachers themselves monitor the progress of individual children and differentiate lessons to suit the needs of different abilities. Termly assessments are used to monitor progression within each class. Lessons are observed in each key stage and planning is monitored on a termly basis. Children who are particularly talented in Music have the opportunity to join our school choir and have the opportunity to be involved in events within the local community.


Collective Evidence

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. The subject leader finds out pupil’s opinions about the teaching of music and the content covered through interviewing selected pupils during lesson observations. The subject leader acts upon the comments and suggestions of pupils wherever possible.


Enrichment Opportunities

Music is very important to the children and staff at Archbishop Courtenay.

We have lots of fun in our music lessons and have many opportunities to improve our own voices with lots of singing. In addition to this we will providing opportunities to learn a range of instruments through specialist teachers from the Kent School of Music.

Our wonderful choir, meet weekly to learn a range of exciting songs. Throughout the year they have opportunities to perform to a variety of different audiences.


Targets 2021-2022

  • To enhance and provide opportunities for children to learn to sing and to use their voices.
  • To enhance the opportunities available for children to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.  
  • To evaluate the current scheme of work to ensure that the children are provided with an enriched curriculum that challenges and provides opportunities to further their skills knowledge and understanding of music.
  • To provide opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents Will be encouraged and showcased in class and assembly.



This will be monitored through the collection of pupil and staff voices, up-to-date data from our summative assessments, looking through the children’s books and learning walks with lesson observations, Music specific CPD, Participation and success in enrichment opportunities, Success in Music shared in school through performance and opportunity to show achievements e.g certificates in assemblies


Music at Home


  •  Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments and games. - Explore music and art. Great for all ages!

  • Hours of fun and learning here! Incredibox is a music app and website that lets youcreate your own music with the help of a crew of beatboxers. The website version is completely free, it just doesn’t give you access to all the latest versions unlocked with the app. It is also a music game and you can unlock levels and features. Sounds best through headphones or through a speaker!

  • Ten Pieces Tasters (Previously known as Ten Pieces at Home) - simple, fun,

creative activities for primary age children. The activities are easy to follow and do

not require any specialist knowledge or equipment. Each activity is led by an artist or

specialist in their field and offers different ways to get creative with classical music.

  • Bring the Noise is another BBC initiative to help primary school teachers and parents

inspire children to become musicians. Lots of fun resources to explore.

  • Introduces the basics of composition using a sequencer. Clear step by step instructions and explanations.

  • Composer biographies, Musical timeline, videos and resources. Great way to explore the history of music and some amazing composers.

  • Access to specially arranged songs. We use lots of these songs in school. You can

register as a friend to start exploring Sing Up for free

  • Great website that includes lots of educational resources and game
  • Play an instrument you have at home:

There are fantastic tutorials to teach yourself recorder, guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboard.

There are lots on YouTube (see below) plus these websites are great!

  • Great resource for children to learn and play ukulele at home

  • Great if you have instruments at home. Select a song and your instrument and play

along with the band. Tutorials to help learn the instruments too.


If you don’t have an instrument at home and wish to invest, a ukulele or recorder are both great options: • Ukulele - I recommend a Mahalo MK1 ukulele (usually around £20 on Amazon) • Recorder - make sure it’s a soprano or descant recorder with Baroque fingering. I recommend the Yamaha YRS20BB recorder (usually £9 or less on Amazon)

❖ Listen to a Podcast:

  • A series of podcasts aimed at introducing children to the wonderful world of classical

music – and as you’d expect from David Walliams, it’s in a very amusing way!

Recorder Karate - teach yourself to play the recorder

Body percussion - routines to accompany some pop songs

Beatboxing for Kids with Sk Shlomo

 Kidz Bop

❖ Watch a musical or concert – live at home!

❖ Sing & dance to some music

Pick a favorite song and do one of the following:

- Dance /move to the beat

- Sing along (alone or with your family or friends)

❖ Listen to some music & get creative

Try and find a piece you’ve never heard before then:

- Draw a picture that goes with the music.

- Write about how the music makes you feel

- Let your imagination run wild and make up a story inspired by a piece of music

❖ Design and make your own musical instrument

Find some pots and pans or some interesting containers in the recycling and start

making! Ask for your adults permission first!!