Parochial C of E Primary School | Keppel Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6NN

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Parochial CofE Primary And Nursery School, Ashton-under-lyne

Growing Together in God

Music at Parochial

'Parochial Cares', our mission is to prepare children for the future by living, learning and growing together in God. 
To live life... life in all its fullness (John 10:10)


At Parochial, we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. The curriculum is planned in a way in which pupils will develop a critical engagement with a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.


At Parochial we are:

Educating for Wisdom, knowledge and skills in Music through the development of a clear progression in skills and knowledge which builds upon strong foundations. Musical development begins in the Early Years, as children begin to learn about the aspects of music learning and development; Hearing and Listening, Vocalising and Singing, Moving and Dancing, Exploring and Playing.

Throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children build on prior knowledge to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Educating for hope and aspiration through Music by developing the skills and attitudes through which pupils can improve and advance their own compositions. Children begin to think critically about musicians work in Early Years and KS1. Throughout KS2, children improve their own work based on feedback from others and their own aspirational ideas.

Through technology, children begin to understand the progressive industrial advances in music generation, allowing them to experience a true reflection of today’s music industry. This provides children with aspirational experiences of career paths within music.

Children develop their confidence within a range of performing skills. Each year group builds on the skills and attitudes required to continual improved. This can be seen clearly within the vocal skills progression as child start by performing chants collectively (EYFS) to singing songs with crisp diction, a sustained connected line and meaningful expressive choices (KS2).

Through the Key stages, children learn of a range of composers and musicians from a range of genres, cultures and historical periods. They are exposed to aspirational figures who can provide hope and ambition for our pupils. 

Educating for community and living well together by rehearsing and performing in ensemble contexts. Children develop the skills to maintain an independent part in a group or as a soloist. By KS2 children have developed the understanding of the integral parts in ensemble performing through for example, part singing.

Pupils develop a sense of the wider community through performance opportunities. These range from carolling with the choir, performance opportunities in the school’s calendar (i.e. Nativity/ Easter performances) and regular opportunities to worship as a school community through assemblies.

Children also develop an appreciation of music from different backgrounds, cultures and historical periods throughout the year groups linked to their work in humanities, children are exposed to a range of musicians and composers.

Educating for dignity and respect by developing their listening and appraising skills. Children develop the skills through the key stages to allow them to suggest improvements to their own and others work, commenting on how intentions have been achieved. In this way, children develop the skills to constructively and respectfully appraise their peers and in turn, receive other’s critiques with dignity.


Our comprehensive Music curriculum equips our children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of young musicians. Our children leave us ready for the secondary school music curriculum with performance skills, musical knowledge and an appreciation for a wide range of music from all over the globe and through history. Children have the confidence to perform and the skills to think critically about their own and other’s work.