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Music at Bolton


Subject Lead: Debbie Tinkler

Monitoring Governor: Marilyn Tinkler 


Music is a foundation subject in the national curriculum. This policy outlines the purpose, nature and management of the music taught in our school.



Our main aim is that children should have access to music and a range of musical experiences to enrich their lives. The purpose of music in school is to foster pupil’s sensitivity to and their understanding and enjoyment of music, through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing. The development of music perception is dependent upon the quality, range and appropriateness of these musical experiences.


National Curriculum

All children should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding of music as outlined in the programmes of study in the national curriculum for music.

There is one attainment target, which is outlined by the programme of study. (Teaching should ensure that listening and understanding are developed through the inter-related skills of performing, composing and appraising.)



The development of skills, knowledge and understanding are essential for the ability to express meaning in music making and to personal responses in listening.

Most of our listening is for information and instruction. Our listening to music is different because it involves a response from our “inner selves”.

Children should undertake a balanced programme of activities, which builds on previous work and takes account of personal achievement.

They should experience working individually, in groups and as a whole class. They should explore and use a widening range of sound sources, including appropriate use of information technology.

Children should be encouraged to talk about music heard in class and elsewhere e.g. assembly, including their own compositions and performances.


In particular some aspects of listening and appraising will form an important part of the music curriculum.

  • Children will be given opportunities to listen to and discuss examples of music from
  • European ‘classical tradition’
  • Countries and regions of the British Isles
  • A variety of cultures western and non-western
  • Music across a range of historical periods

The music elements of pitch, duration, timbre, texture, dynamics and structure will be progressively introduced, discussed and understood. 



Music is taught as a separate subject. There is provision of one hour of music per week for each child. Rec/KS1 are taught by their class teacher and Key Stage 2 are split into two groups. The KS2 children receive instrument tuition with the music service and some time with a focus on listening to, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods and cultures and engaging on projects on musicians and composers. Continuity is provided through assembly practices, school performances, joint planning and teaching.

Mrs Tinkler co-ordinates music and is subject lead. She ensures the implementation of this document and that the other staff are fully informed and involved in the children’s musical activities. Staff value the importance of specific support in the teaching of music.


We participate in the Young Voices programme where the children get to sing in Manchester Arena with other schools; we also encourage any local performances e.g. Class 1 singing at Carols at Bolton Exchange.

We also sang with other schools in projects such as the ANKOMA DREAM, which in 2019 produced a CD to raise funds.

The choir learns to sing and experience choir activities and skills such as singing in two parts etc. Equal value and consideration are given to music from all cultures.

Any opportunities to invite visiting performers of music will be readily taken to broaden the experiences of our pupils and to inspire them.



Y5/6 undertake a unit in computing called Music Composition which allow them to develop their understanding of Music Composition using technology.



Most musical instruments are kept in music boxes in Class 2 and are readily accessible to the children. These instruments are well maintained and we have a good range. Y3/4 have an instrument (boom whacker) and Y5/6 pupils have an instrument (ukulele) on loan from the Music Service which parents/ carers sign an agreement for, clarifying procedures on taking it home and responsibility for damage.


Teaching and Learning:

All children will study Music one session per week. The knowledge, skills and understanding will be taught within Music themes, sometimes using Charanga. Charanga is an online music scheme with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support children’s learning about music. All children also take part in a whole school singing assembly once a week where they learn new songs often related to seasons, assemblies, performances etc.

There is progression through the two key stages shown in our skills grids and this provides a sound structure on which to build as they continue to KS3. The children will generally work in their class groups and the lesson content will be pitched to the children’s individual needs, interests and abilities.  

Where possible cross curricular links will be made and visits, visitors, drama & role play will enhance the meeting of objectives. All units will be planned and monitored by teaching staff or the Music Service specialists. Children will be taught about the history of music and research Western and non-Western musical genres and traditions.

Children will have the opportunity to complete Music Foundation homework linked to the key Music objectives taught that term. There will be many chances for children to use Music in many cross-curricular activities.

Children will have the opportunity to take part in the annual Winter Performance which includes drama and singing and gives all children the experience of performing on stage in front of an audience and rehearsing to a performance ready standard.  There is also a summer music festival where the children can showcase their musical talents both outside and within school.



Those with special needs may have extra support for the activities or the language content altered. Resources can be modified to be accessed more easily. Children may be ability grouped for the clarinet or toot tuition. Children with special talents are encouraged to sing solo or duets in the Winter Performance.



There will be a unit assessment at the end of the block of learning based on key learning objectives. Assessment will also take place informally through observation, open questioning, discussions and marking children’s work. This information will be recorded on our school’s Foundation Tracking sheets and shared termly with parents.


Evaluation. Monitoring and Review:

This policy is a working document and should be updated every two years.

The subject lead is Debbie Tinkler (w.e.f. September 2020) and the current governor with responsibility for Music is Marilyn Tinkler

This policy was reviewed Summer 2020 and will be reviewed again Summer 2022.


The Music policy was reviewed Summer 2020 and will be reviewed again Summer 2022.