Here at Penny Bridge, we pride ourselves on providing opportunity for children to engage in a wide range of music. The children all take part in lessons which give them the opportunity to experiment with instruments (including recorder, glockenspiel and ukulele), singing, composition and improvisation. In addition, they are given the opportunity to experience music from different parts of the world and different periods of history. We believe that music is vital for children's creativity and well-being - simply put; music brings us joy. With this ethos in mind, our school provide a wide range of activities for children to be part of during their time here. We use the Charanga Scheme to support the delivery of the National Curriculum content, which is supported by singing in collective worship, assemblies and school performances, individual and group instrument tuition, class performances and support from outside providers.

Curriculum Drivers

  • Experience music from around the world, rooted in different cultures and traditions.
  • Compose and perform in small groups and contribute to class performances.
  • Learn to play a range of different instruments and explore musical theory and technology to create compositions and experience different sounds.
  • Perform and compose independently and share their own thoughts about different musical works using terminology to form their own musical tastes and opinions.
  • Experience music in the world around them and engaging with the music in their environment
  • Learn the traditions of dance rooted in different genres, styles and origins of music.
  • Experience music in collective worship, sharing the stories and traditions of music with the wider school community.

Enrichment Activities

Each year group takes part in a dramatic performance at different times of the year. KS1 perform a Nativity at Christmas, Y3/4 (Kingfishers) perform a short play at Easter and Y5/6 (Ospreys) perform an end of year show. Children are offered individual lessons in woodwind, strings and piano from outside providers in KS2 and we offer the opportunity for all children to have the experience of learning on an instrument before the end of KS2. Children in KS2 are given the opportunity to attend Young Voices and participate in an annual school talent show. There is a school choir and they are able to participate in other musical performances both in and outside of school. Children are offered to opportunity to attend local shows, pantomimes and concerts.


Children are assessed against the end of phase National Curriculum statements through a variety of different methods: compositions, class tasks, performances and teacher judgement. Leaders monitor teaching and learning through child voice, observations and learning walks and online charanga monitoring. The development of the children in school is also monitored through daily informal conversations.

  • Children will develop lifelong learning behaviours such as pride, resilience and team work.
  • Our children will be able to understand, appreciate and success in modern Britain.
  • Our children will develop a lifelong love of learning through our vision and drivers.
  • Our children will be responsible global citizens and courageous advocates through the Christian Values we have instilled in them during their time in school.
  • All children will leave our school, fully equipped for the next stage in their learning.

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