Oliver Stephens - Music curriculum lead


‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

Pupils listen to, appreciate and appraise a wide range of music. Each unit secures and builds on the inter-related dimensions of music through singing, playing and composing.


Children are taught in a variety of ways to ensure they are engaged and focused, whilst allowing opportunities for them to share their learning in a safe environment. A two-year rolling programme has been developed and is delivered through the use of the Charanga music scheme.

Children are encouraged to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people.

Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. 

Children are taught how to improvise, compose and arrange music.  


Assessment in Coads Green Primary School is viewed as building a picture over time of a child's learning progress across the curriculum and is viewed as an integral part of teaching and learning.  

Assessment for learning (AFL) and Visible Learning underpin all learning. A variety of feedback is used to inform the pupils about their learning so that they become more involved in their own learning and from this gain confidence in what they are expected to learn and how to progress it further. 

Core success criteria and learning intentions are used to track pupils understanding of their learning.

Pupil Retrieval Practices include: 

KWL grids, quizzes, concept/ mind maps, questioning, success criteria, learning intentions and pupil targets. 


Whole School Tracking and Progress 

Coads Green Primary School uses iTRACK which is the online pupil tracking software that uses powerful data analysis to track pupil progress and attainment in real time.