At Ambleside CE Primary, the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a love of music, curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music and respect for the role that music may play in a person’s life.

The children explore how music is created, produced and communicated through pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and they are able to use simple musical notation. 

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.

The objectives for teaching music in our school are:

  • perform, listen to, review and appraise music
  • be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


Music is delivered using Charanga, an integrated scheme of work and online platform recommended by the Cumbria Music Hub.  This ensures that the school is using a reliable and effective scheme. As it is used across the whole school, the children are taught using the same structure for each lesson. There is a performance element throughout all of the units taught and pupils learn to perform, listen to and appraise music (from historical periods, genres, styles and traditions and including great composers). They learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music. 

We sing, as a whole school, regularly at church as part of our Harvest Festival, Carol Concert and termly services.  Key Stage 1 sing and perform an annual nativity production and Key Stage 2 perform a full musical production in the summer.

Classes all take part in at least one class assembly performance to parents which incorporates singing or using instruments.

Children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (keyboard or guitar) under the tutelage of our peripatetic music teacher.

Years 3 and 4 pupils all begin to learn the ukulele as a whole class.

Children learn to sign using BSL to songs and hymns.


Children will experience a range of music from different genres and eras. 

They will have an understanding of musical language and how to use it in context when discussing a piece of music and critiquing their own composed pieces.

Children will develop performance skills through playing a range of instruments across the curriculum and performing them to an audience. 

They will memorise lyrics and tunes in singing and playing instruments.

This will foster a love of music through the knowledge of musical history and the origin of music.


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