Church of England School of the Resurrection

Inspiring ALL to Belong, Believe, Achieve

Welcome to Music 

Subject Leader Mr Shaw

Choir- Returning Soon!

Home Learning: (Key Stage 2) Music History lesson 1 (January 2020)

As part of our exciting, broad and balanced curriculum, here we have a group of Year 5 pupils, who are learning to play the violin, clarinet and keyboards! Don't they sound great! Feel free to watch the video below and enjoy the performance. Recorded (Sept 2020)

Year 4 have been developing their understanding of musical notation, specifically learning about the number of beats per semibreve, minim, crotchet and quaver. The children have then had the opportunity to develop their composition skills, using their notes. Please watch the video to our Year 4 class performing their compositions. Well done Year 4! (December 2020)

Termly Assembly Focus:

Autumn 1 = Renaissance 1400-1600 AD

Autumn 2 = Baroque 1600-1750 AD

Spring 1 = Classical 1750-1820 AD

Spring 2 = Romantic 1820-1900 AD

Summer 1 = Modern 1890-1960 AD

Summer 2 = Contemporary & International 1960- Present

Christian Distinctiveness

Many of our children’s first experiences of music and singing will be through the worship songs that we sing in our Collective Worship. Music is used to promote an atmosphere of worship as children enter the hall for Collective worship.

Music is celebrated as one of the gifts that God gives to us.

The Christian faith is expressed through our hymns and the liturgy through the use of the Nursery Rhyme Mass enabling our youngest children to take part.

During singing assembly when children learn new hymns, they are supported in thinking about what they are singing about. Hymn singing is related to historical worship from the earliest days as recorded in the Bible.

Year 3 attended a music workshop at the cathedral.

The school choir leads the singing during our Collective worship and are invited to sing in church for the Carol Service and on Mothering Sunday. They sing Christmas carols (not Christmas songs) at the velodrome and at a local Residential home.


What are you trying to achieve through the curriculum?


How is your curriculum being delivered?


What is the difference your curriculum is making?

To meet the full requirements of the national Curriculum.


To provide children with the opportunity to experience high quality musical experiences first hand.


To provide children with the language and understanding of the elements of music so that they are able to make judgements and interact with others using the common musical language.


To inspire children to respond to a wide range of  musical performances with understanding and sensitivity forming their own opinions and having the vocabulary to express their views.


To provide children with a range of opportunities to help them to discover and develop their own musicality, likes and dislikes.


To provide children with the skills to share their music making through notation and performance.


To develop pupils’ self -confidence and ability to present before an audience.

 Singing assemblies.

Video clips before assembly and in lesson time.

Visits from musicians- students from Chetham’s and RNCM

Weekly formal instrumental lessons from Year 2- Year 6.  (4 classes taught by a music specialist through the Music Hub)

Focus events: Bringing in a specialist for a day eg Brazilian drumming and dance.

Attending concerts: Stoller Hall. RNCM.

Entering competitions and taking part in workshops with other musicians eg. National Festival

Christmas performances. Key Stage 2 perform in a real theatre.

Mini school concerts.

Beswick’s got talent

Teachers teach composition lessons in class often related to other curriculum areas.

Year 5 and 6 song writing workshop.

Year 5 Opera project.

Children work towards Arts Award accreditation.

One -mile project supports by funding the assistance of an opera singer for the choir.

Some children are being encouraged to work towards Grade 1 music exams.

Choir open to all Year 3 upwards and more able Year 2 singers.

Singing at events in school, church and the local community.

Standards are high.


General singing in school is of a high standard.

School performances are of a very high standard, comments made by parents and members of the theatre company.

A large number of children stay behind for choir.

Choir standards are recorded on the feedback form after Festivals and competitions.

Some children auditioned for parts and have taken parts in a production at a theatre out of school hours.

Children are able to speak confidently on a range of occasions. Many confidently address an audience.

Children have experienced many arts and cultural experiences. This has a positive impact holistically, they enjoy the arts and are engaging with them.

Children continue to play instruments and sing when they go on to secondary school.

In July19 five pupils gained their Grade 1 ABRSM .

  Click here to read our Music Policy

Early Years

In Early Years Foundation Stage, learning is underpinned by the 4 themes of the EYFS Framework:

• Every child is a unique child
• Children learn through positive relationships
• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
• Children learn and develop in different ways.

With this in mind, music must be taught and used to provide interest, stimulation and enjoyment within the learning environment. Aspects of music such as variation of sound, rhythm and beat are taught with a variety of instruments and media.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)

Pupils are taught to:

  •  Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  •  Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  •  Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  •  Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.

Key Stage 2 (Year 3,4,5 and 6)

Pupils are taught to:

  •  Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  •  Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music.
  •  Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  •  Use and understand standard and other musical notation.
  •  Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
  •  Develop an understanding of the history of music.
All Year 2 and 3 pupils learn to play the Descant Recorder.
All Year 4 pupils learn to play the ukulele.
All Year 5 and 6 pupils learn to play one of the following: violin, keyboard, clarinet, flute, cornet, trombone or horn. There is no charge for instrumental lessons. Portable instruments make be taken home for practice subject to a parental consent form.
We take benefit from being close to Manchester and take advantage of the opportunities offered through Chetham's Music School, the Stoller Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music. We also access the support of the Manchester Music Hub.
Our students both attend the concerts locally and we welcome performers into school.
Assessment for curriculum requirements are achieved using class teaching, rehearsals, choir practise and performances, class assemblies and singing assemblies.
Children who require special educational needs will receive differentiated teaching within the class environment and will benefit from the hands on approach to music provided by all teachers across the school.
The music year includes choir performances such as the Carol Singing at the Velodrome, the Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts, The National Festival of Youth Music. Also there will be whole school performances within music such as the Christmas production of Cinderella and Rockerfella to take place both in school and at the Little Theatre, Droylsden.
If your child enjoys music making, we recommend that you visit the Manchester Music Hub where you can find information about musical activities for children in our area.