St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Subject Lead 

Miss L Milligan


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to explore their creativity and talents that God has blessed them with. At St Pius X it is our aim to provide opportunities for all to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

At St Pius X, we use the Charanga music scheme which is used from Early Years to Year 6. We teach Music every second half term, on a rotation basis with Design and Technology. In addition to this, Music is often taught and used within other areas of the curriculum, and to support and enhance the work done within the topics planned. A wide range of resources is available to support music teaching. We give pupils the opportunity to appreciate a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music.


The aims of music teaching are to enable all 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
  • learn to sing and use their voices
  • have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument
  • to use technology appropriately
  • to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • understand and explore how music is created

Long Term Planning

 Music Long Term Plan .pdfDownload
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National Curriculum Coverage 

 Music National Curriculum.pdfDownload
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Progression Map

 Musical Progression KS1.pdfDownload
 Musical Progression KS2.pdfDownload
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Formative Assessment

Teachers assess children’s work in music by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. Teachers collect information using videos, sound recordings, photographs or written observations. This is then uploaded to the YUMU platform that we use. Additional evidence may be gained during school performances or other relevant events, and may be presented in the form of recordings or photographs.

 Summative Assessment

At the end of each academic year we record children’s attainment via Scholarpack.  Children will achieve a classification of Working Towards ARE (WT), Working At ARE (WA) or Greater Depth (GD). We assess children based on the following strands of Musical Learning:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • 2a – Games
  • 2b – Singing
  • 2c – Playing Instruments
  • 2d – Improvisation
  • 2e – Composition
  • 3 – Preforming.

Information for Parents

Music During Coronavirus Pandemic.

Your children’s safety is our top priority and we want to reassure you that we are constantly reviewing our teaching of music in line with the Government Guidance. Therefore we have put the following in place:

  • All singing assemblies now take place via Zoom.
  • Children all face forward while singing in class and are 2m apart.
  • Children are encouraged to sing at a lower volume in class.
  • For the meantime, we have cancelled any lessons that include the use of Woodwind Instruments to minimise the chance of any cross contamination. As a result we are making use of the Charanga Covid Alternative Scheme, which provides alternative instruments to ensure no learning is being missed out on.