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At North Petherton we aim to:

  • Foster an enjoyment of music
  • Teach this subject through stimulating and challenging activities
  • Let music be a powerful medium for self-expression
  • Value all children’s opinions and contributions
  • Provide a secure and safe environment where collaboration and co-operation can take place
  • Develop the children’s skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for performing, composing, listening and appraising
  • Engage all children in musical activities regardless of ability
  • Empower our children with the skills and confidence to be a “performer”



Our school uses the national curriculum for music as the basis for its curriculum planning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the progression planned into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. The school has purchased a scheme of work that runs through the school from Foundation Stage to Year 6 providing a topic-based, cross-curricular approach to support children’s learning in music and across other subjects through music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development.

In addition, Sing Up supports the teaching of songs throughout the school and is the basis of teaching through singing assemblies.

Music surrounds us everyday of our lives whether it is internal or external. We aim to build on the existing skills and knowledge of our children. Therefore, Music is taught through a “hands-on“ approach as it is a very practical subject. Throughout their Music education children at out school will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • musical activities that integrate performing, composing and appraising
  • Responding to a range of musical and non-musical starting points
  • To work individually, in groups and as part of a whole class
  • Using I.C.T. to capture, change and combine sounds
  • A range of live and recorded music from different cultures
  • Assembly songs are taught throughout the school



  • Children foster a love of music.
  • Children are offered the opportunity to play a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers.
  • Children are given opportunities to share their abilities, including children who learn instruments can play or show certificates during assemblies.
  • Children are given opportunities to share their abilities, in both lessons and performance assemblies.