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Vision statement


'Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity'


At St Peter's, all teachers have a shared understanding of the importance of the wider curriculum. We believe that all children are entitled to access a music education, from Early Years to Year 6, and have the opportunity to play and perform in a variety of contexts. Throughout their time at St Peter's, our children can appreciate different styles of music, and these are not only shared in music lessons but also through assemblies and in the classroom.


Curriculum Intent

At St. Peter's, we provide a high-quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and curiosity. Our children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing. We encourage an environment where the children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and can use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. Throughout their musical journey at St Peter’s, our children will have the opportunity to; express their thoughts and feelings, sing, make music together and develop musical skills.

All children at St. Peter’s have access to the music curriculum, regardless of their academic ability. In addition, children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are actively encouraged to participate fully in music lessons. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced environment that inspires and engages all children, allowing them to develop and showcase their skills.


Curriculum Implementation

At St Peter’s, we use Charanga to support our music teaching and learning. Charanga supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and focuses on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities – creating and exploring; and singing and performing. During music lessons, the children have an opportunity to sing, learn how to play an instrument and use body percussion. Each Unit of Work comprises of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music.

Evidence has shown that the benefits of regular opportunities for creative music and movement activities in the early years are huge. So, at St Peter's, our Nursery take part in one Boogie Mites session per week to support the development of the three prime areas of early years’ development. The catchy melodies, toe-tapping beats and themes inspire the children to dance, clap and sing along.

Pupils are offered the exciting opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. This service is provided by Totally RAD Music Service. In Key Stage One, the children can choose to learn one of a variety of instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, and violin. In Key Stage Two, the children can choose brass instruments, upper strings, guitar – acoustic, electric and bass, piano, ukulele, woodwind and vocals.

In addition to these opportunities, the music curriculum is further promoted and enhanced through annual Christmas productions and other performances. These include nativities, Easter performances and other celebrations. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch these performances. In addition, the children will have the opportunity to sing during Collective Worship, assemblies and within the classroom.


Curriculum impact

At St Peter’s, we want our children to become musical and creative. All children are provided with opportunities to perform and develop their musical skills regularly. The music curriculum is coherently planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. Our children can enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, whether that be as a listener, creator or performer.

Music is monitored throughout the year by the subject leader, against the whole school yearly music plan. The Charanga Scheme of Work has a clear sequence of lessons for each year group in the school, which will enable all members of staff, including specialist and non-specialist teachers, to deliver well-planned quality lessons with appropriate differentiation. As a result, this allows our children to engage with a broad and balanced music curriculum.

The subject leader also supports colleagues by carrying out staff questionnaires, and monitors the current developments of the music curriculum. Teachers assess children’s progress in music by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. In addition, pupil voice is carried out regularly to ensure that the children have an active role in their learning and their experiences in music.


Instrumental Tuition

There is a wide variety of instrumental tuition available at St Peter's. This service is provided by Totally RAD Music Service. Please contact the school offices to ask what tuition is currently on offer from RAD.


The cost will vary from £4.50 up to £18.00, per lesson, depending on what tuition you choose. There will be a rental charge from RAD for the instruments if you would like your child to bring them home to practice.

Drums will still be continuing with Mr Denniston and a school invoice will be sent out to parents for this service as before. Please inform the Junior Office should you wish your child to receive drumming lessons. These lessons will be £8.00 per week.


Click this link to see our St Peter's musicians during their music lessons. 




RAD believe that whatever the skill level or budget, all children deserve access to exceptional music tuition.


Our highly skilled network of professional musicians provide next-level tuition for the next generation of talent, no matter the location, budget or capability.


Provided on-site, within school hours and at a highly-competitive rate; with RAD, students can experience expert music tuition that helps them sharpen skills, express creativity, and dream BIG, with no disruption or stress – all from the very best in the business.


For more information, and to sign-up your child to RAD lessons, just use the following link; we’ll do the rest.