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We aim to provide an enjoyable, creative environment for music making and to develop the children’s skills of listening and auditory discrimination. Children are encouraged to experiment with as many sound sources as possible and to record, compose, listen to and evaluate their own work. We hope to develop co-operation and decision making through musical activities, to encourage the children to create and perform with confidence, and to develop musical skills, concepts and vocabulary. Traditional, modern and multi-cultural music form part of our studies. Children are also given the opportunity to listen to, live music as often as possible. Music Express has been the scheme of work followed for several years but we are currently trialing the use of Sing Up as a scheme with its more up to date and child friendly songs. 
Extra-curricular activities include our Key Stage 2 Choir, Year 2 Choir, Recorder Consort, Ensemble and Hand Bells. Year 3 children are given the opportunity to learn to play the violin. A charge is made for pupils who wish to receive flute, keyboard, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, violin or guitar lessons from a visiting tutor. All Year 4 pupils are taught to play descant recorder during a whole class music session.

Music progression document 2021-2022 (under review)

Sign and Sing Projects 2021


We took part in a collaboration with Music Partnership North to learn how to sign songs for British Sign Language Week. 

EYFS and KS1 learnt You've Got a Friend in Me and KS2 learnt Reach Out. 


We then featured on Youtube as a collaboration video with other schools across Northumberland; here are the video links! 


EYFS and KS1

One Minute of Music


This a project that demonstrates musical education across our school.  It shows the range of experiences the children have...from keeping the beat, to singing fairy tales and from whole class violins to soulful chime bars! 

One Minute of Music

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Our KS2 Ensemble is a fantastic opportunity for children who play an instrument to develop their ensemble skills, by playing with others.  They experience a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, pop and folk.

Key Stage 2 Choir


Our KS2 choir sing regularly with Mrs Wigham.