At Scout Road Academy, music and singing is integral to the life of our children.   We believe that music has a unique ability to bring people together making a class, school and community feel connected to others and part of something bigger.  Music enriches individual lives as well as the school’s wider community. Our intent is to provide vibrant musical experience for children with opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music.   Our children participate in a range of musical experiences including singing, listening, composing and performing / instrument performance.  They develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.

Through our music curriculum pupils will:

  • Gain enjoyment, self-confidence and a sense of achievement through musical activities.
  • Be aware of, understand and respond appropriately to the rich variety of sounds in their environment and particularly to those organised arrangements of sounds called music.
  • Acquire musical skills and understanding of musical concepts through primarily active listening then performing and composing.
  • Develop their capacity to express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound.
  • Extra-curricular clubs such as our school choir, band and instrumental lessons enhance the curriculum on offer. Children have the opportunity for instrumental performance developing their skills, confidence and stagecraft as well as the opportunity to listen to high quality life performance.    


Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. A music specialist is employed to offer our children a rich and varied musical framework.

Pupils receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week in the form of teaching as a discreet subject, singing assemblies and whole class instrumental programme in Year 3/4 (trumpet) and 5/6 (ukulele).  Opportunities for development beyond the mandatory term are provided by the school’s band and links with local bands/orchestra.

At Scout Road Academy we deliver a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga.

Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, ensuring consistent musical development. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that our children are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum and The Model Music Curriculum.   Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole-body actions, and learning to handle and play instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. skill and given chance for collaboration through composition.

During music lessons children will be given opportunities to learn music specific vocabulary in a meaningful context. Children will be given opportunities to apply skill and given chance for collaboration through composition and performance.

Whilst children are in Y5/6 they attend the Young Voices choir in Sheffield.



At Scout Road Academy, all pupils will benefit from a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning It will increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a growing musical vocabulary that allows them to critically engage with music. Teaching and learning of music is a reflective process for the children as they are given the opportunities to assess themselves and their peers. The children also celebrate their success and skills with their peers and wider audiences. We assess through teacher assessment, pictures and video evidence which captures each child’s progress throughout the year.



The school promotes inclusion, independence and challenge for pupils with SEND through adjustments based upon individual needs; these may be to the curriculum itself or to access arrangements.  Details of these adjustments can be found in Individual Education Plans or devised by the school and sometimes with advice and guidance from external agencies. SEND have unique learning profiles and needs and teachers build expertise over time in teaching the children in their class.  For this reason, teachers are responsible for the differentiation of learning in their classes. 

Music scheme of work for Y1/2 through 2021/22


Music scheme of work for Y3/4 through 2021/22


Music scheme of work for Y5/6 through 2021/22