Leader - Miss Leach

The National Curriculum for England, July 2013 states, 'Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so 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.'


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


Long Term Plan


Music is taught weekly in every year group.  We follow the Charanga scheme of work.  The overview can be accessed here Scheme of Work Overview.     

The Charanga Scheme of Work can be accessed via the following link 


The learning outcomes and areas of curriclum coverage per year group can be accessed per class below:

Progression With Outcomes Year 1

Progression With Outcomes Year 2

Progression With Outcomes Year 3

Progression With Outcomes Year 4

Progression With Outcomes Year 5

Progression With Outcomes Year 6 



Alongside this, classes are also taught weekly by Junior Jam who teach three classes per week on a rolling, half termly programme.  Junior Jam also teach a whole class to learn an instrument over the course of a term.  This year, Year 3 are learning to play the keyboards.




Music Tuition

There are opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument from Year One upwards. We currently offer individual or small group lessons in guitar and keyboard, but there are a variety of other instruments and disciplines available upon request, subject to resourcing/staffing. There is a charge for these lessons as they are in addition to our music curriculum that is provided in school and they are entirely optional. The Bradford Music and Arts service provide the teaching and can, if you wish, help with hiring instruments. You can find out further details about the scheme at Please also see our 'music tuition' page under the 'Extra curricular classes' tab.

Why learn an instrument?

As well as being great fun, research shows that learning a musical instrument supports children in lots of ways:

  • Speech
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Social Skills
  • Self Expression
  • Self Confidence


Bradford Music Hub

There is a wealth of information, provision and exciting opportunities to develop children's love of music and musicality on Bradford's Music hub website: Information about tuition, proms, ensembles, what's on, festivals etc can all be found here. Why don't you have a look and see what's going on in Bradford?



St Joseph's Choir