“Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.” Model Music Curriculum


At Staveley Junior School our curriculum provides the children with the knowledge and skills they need to become confident musicians. High quality teaching of music engages, provides experiences and inspires pupils to develop a love for music, both as a listener and a performer. Music is a universal and powerful form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act and can stimulate children in their learning and allow them to express themselves in different ways.

Music lessons develop pupil’s ability to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music and also encourages active involvement in music making, both individual and communal. This develops a sense of group identity and community whilst encouraging self-discipline and creativity. At every stage, they should be given opportunities to sing, listen to high quality music from different genres, Compose, and perform using a wide variety of instruments.   


The aim of the Music Curriculum

The aim of the music curriculum at Staveley Junior School is to ensure a universal provision of music education, for all pupils in school.

  • Pupils receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; made up of class lessons and whole school singing
  • In Year 4, a whole-class instrumental programme lasting half a year is undertaken and this provision is in collaboration with the Music Education Hub
  • In Year 5, children are given the option to continue with instrumental lessons, subsidised by school.
  • All children have the opportunity to play rhythmic and melodic instruments in class lessons.
  • Opportunities are available for children to take part in singing as part of a choir in Young Voices at Sheffield Arena as well as Carol singing and other local events.
  • Class lessons focus on the main skills: Singing, Listening, Composing, Performing

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