Music Curriculum


Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.  It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.  As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.  The teaching of music increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Using the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum, St Joseph’s RC Primary School aims to:


  • offer a wide range of learning experiences in music

  • seek to ensure that children take pleasure in all aspects of music

  • seek to ensure that each child can appreciate the power and impact of music

  • seek to ensure that each child fulfils his/her full potential

  • seek to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage and the Early Learning Goals through the National Curriculum

  • recognise the contribution music can make to the development of each child as a thinking and responsible member of society

Learning objectives that are taught are all derived from the National Curriculum. Resources and schemes may be used to facilitate learning, such as the Charanga Primary School Scheme, Music Express or the use of specialised Music teachers.

Extra Curricular Activities:


Children have the opportunity to learn other instruments at St Joseph’s using Bury Music Service and Rocksteady, which are aside from the National Curriculum. There is a charge from the Music service for these lessons. All children in KS2 have the opportunity to join the school choir. Throughout the year the school choir perform at local venues and events including:- Children of Bury Sing, Killelea House, Bury Market and Ramsbottom Civic Hall. The School Choir also sing in school assemblies and masses.