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At St Joseph’s, we are committed to developing wonderful young people, driven by the virtues that we teach and live by. With Christ at the centre of all we do, we will offer a school that allows children to succeed, develop friendships and come to know God and themselves. We believe that school should be a safe, exciting place - the best days of your life! 

Our Mission: “Believing in God, ourselves and others”

At St. Joseph’s, we believe that music has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development: increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion within the school and wider community. We endeavour to provide a variety of musical experiences through a curriculum which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being through building up the confidence of all children.  Music can impact the way that children feel, think and act; we want music to encourage the body and mind to work together, develop motor skills and allow self-expression.


As a result of our Music Curriculum, our children are encouraged to:

  • Explore the musical heritage, tradition and culture of different countries and identities.
  • Develop a love and appreciation of music.
  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
  • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and historical periods.
  • Create and compose music both individually and collaboratively.
  • Develop an ability to understand rhythm, structure and organisation.
  • Be given opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both tuned and un-tuned.
  • Read and write musical notation.
  • Have knowledge of and use a range of musical vocabulary to discuss music and develop descriptive language skills.
  • Sing in tune using voices to create different effects.
  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
  • Display a deep understanding of our school values by listening to, interpreting and expressing themselves through music.

We teach our students  to use music as a tool to become courageous advocates, highlighting issues that are important to them. Music plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We want to ensure children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and encourage them to use their musical skills, knowledge and experience to involve themselves and others in music.

Music Long Term Plan


The long term plan for music outlines the areas studied by year groups through school.

Programme of Study

Through a subscription to Charanga, teaching staff have access to full planned schemes of work, as well as a library of varied resources to engage learners.

The learning journey is clear, beginning with listening to and appraising music,considering its genre, style and structure. Practical lessons follow, which include singing and playing instruments, as well as exploring improvisation and composition. Students are provided with many opportunities for performance, which encourages reflection and celebration of achievements.

Music theory and notation forms an integral part of our musical curriculum, and children use musical terminology throughout their time at St. Joseph’s. As part of understanding musical culture and heritage, students learn about composers, songwriters and musicians, discussing their genres, styles and eras.

Cross-curricular links also allow students to explore music and sound through the topics they study in other lessons, such as History, English and RE.

As well as regular music lessons as part of weekly timetables, musical elements are embedded into lessons in other areas of the curriculum.As part of worship, children learn a variety of hymns and songs, which are practised and performed in school and at church. We run a choir that practises weekly, allowing performers an opportunity to collaborate and  express themselves vocally. Significant dates in the school calendar are marked by musical performances, eg. Christmas; St. Joseph’s Day; Year 6 graduation. This illustrates that music is an integral part of our school culture and that we recognise the benefits learning music can have.

Additionally, a peripatetic music teacher attends to deliver weekly string lessons to pupils outside of their curriculum. Musicians from the local area are invited in to perform for the children, allowing them to experience live music on regular basis.

SJK Choirs & Ensembles

If your child is interested in joining a group, where they can develop as a musician or a vocalist, there are a number of extra-curricular opportunities available.


KS2 Choir - Mr Arnold

Ukulele Club - Mrs Sharples

Musical Theatre (coming soon)  - Mrs Blacka 


Please speak to Mrs Blacka if you would like further information.


As a result of the music curriculum, children at St. Joseph’s  develop a love of music and increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and others’ lives.

 Children demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills which they continuously build on and embed.

 Through music, children develop the fundamental competencies of confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship.

 Children develop an understanding of culture and history in relation to themselves individually, their local music heritage and music from ethnicities from around the world.

 We monitor the impact of our curriculum through pupil voice exercises, pupil and parental surveys, teaching and learning observations, recordings and performances.


Musical Vocabulary