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Our Music Curriculum


Music enables us to communicate emotions in a way that no other discipline can. It transcends cultural and geographical boundaries and forms a very meaningful part of popular culture. At Bradley Barton, children are immersed in the full range of musical genres, from romantic to rap and baroque to bhangra, extending their knowledge of musical traditions around the world. Progression in the central skills of listening, singing, playing instruments, singing, composing and improvising is ensured across every yeargroup, through careful planning of our curriculum "vehicles" (topics). Children are taught to read musical notation to enable them to communicate and refine their ideas with others, from early mark making in EYFS through to reading the full range of notes contained in the treble clef in Year 6. Please see below for further information about how music is planned for as part of the Bradley Barton curriculum.



At Bradley Barton, music starts in Early Years, taught through the Early Years Curriculum. Children explore sounds of instruments through their vehicle and as part of their development in Expressive Arts and Design. Write Dance provides additional opportunities to explore music through movement, alongside developing their fine motor skills. In EYFS, music always forms part of the continuous provision as well as a guided session every one to two weeks.


YEARS 1 to 6:


At Bradley Barton, we ensure progression of musical understanding through two complementary approaches:


  • To encourage children to see their learning as being holistic and interconnected, we aim to plan our termly vehicles to include age-appropriate aspects of the music curriculum. For example, Year 5 have recently explored "The Planets" by Gustav Holst as part of their vehicle on space. After listening and appraising, they explored the role of tempo, dynamics, pitch and timbre in creating their own space soundscapes. 
  • Charanga Musical School is a modern, exciting and digital resource to support the teaching of music, and it provides an interactive, sequence of lessons exploring the full range of musical genres. Teachers use Charanga to teach music discretely where it doesn't link easily to their chosen vehicle. Children also have access to Charanga Musical World at home to extend their learning, both through singing and through practising a musical instrument. For example, this term, Year 3 children are learning to play the recorder and in the Spring term, Year 1 children will be learning how to play the bells. 


The National Curriculum states that our music provision " should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon."


Music is led by Lauren Thomas. 






Children’s Learning



Year 3 Recorders

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This video is showing a Year 3 class reading and playing a piece of music with the notes B and A. The children have only been learning the recorder for 3-4 weeks and Charanga has been used to support the teaching and learning of reading and playing music.

This is a piece of KS1 learning linked to their topic of Oceans. This is their response to listening to piece of music by Debussy for the first time. The learning objective was to listen with concentration and understanding to a piece of music.