St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Together as one family


At St Joseph’s we follow the National Curriculum for Music (2014).


The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation


To meet these objectives, we use a music programme called Charanga, supported by Cumbria Music Hub, which provides a variety of lessons that are easy for the children to follow, that compare a variety of music genres and that allow the children to learn different instruments. The long-term plan has been designed for us to use in our school, over a 3 year programme, reflecting our class structure. Each unit of work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the National Curriculum for Music-

1 Listening & Appraising

2 Musical Activities

  a Warm up games - these musical games embed the interrelated dimensions of music through repetition.

  b Optional flexible games

  c Singing - at the heart of all musical learning

  d Playing Instruments- tuned and untuned percussion and an option to play any band instrument. A sound before symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children.

  e Improvisation- with the song, using voices and/or instruments.

  f Composition- with the song using instruments.

3 Performance- Share what has taken place in a lesson and work towards performing to an audience.





As well as this, we aim to offer other musical opportunities for our children. These include



  • Kodaly based singing experience in EYFS and KS1 based on fun, frequent, active sessions.
  • singing in whole school assemblies
  • concerts and plays for parents across the whole school
  • the Christmas Nativity play
  • KS1 and KS2 trips to local care home Kirklands to perform songs
  • annual participation in the KS2 massed choir’s performance ‘Sing Up’ concert lead by Cockermouth School
  • KS2 carol singing at the local Sainsbury’s
  • live performances in school by visiting musicians such as Cumbria Music Hub and the local secondary school
  • whole class instrumental lessons in brass/strings.
  • composition workshops and music Technology workshops in Key Stage Two
  • New for 2021 Whole class KS2 tuition in ukuleles.


We can offer extra-curricular lessons in guitar and recorder, and other instrumental teachers can be invited by request.





Reception Year 1& 2

Year A



In the Groove

Zoo Time


Round & Round

Big Bear Funk

Reception, Year 1 &2

Year B

 Hey You

I Wanna Play In A Band

Rhythm In The Way We Walk and the Banana Rap



Your imagination

Reception, Year 1 &2

Year C

Hands Feet Heart

My Stories

Friendship Song


Our World

Glockenspiel 1

Year 3,4,5 & 6

Year A

Mamma Mia

Lean On Me




Glockenspiel 2


Year 3,4,5,6

Year B


 Let Your Spirit Fly

Dancing in the Street

 You’ve Got a Friend



Jazz 1

Year 3,4,5,6

Year C

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Living on a Prayer

Make You Feel My Love


Music & Me

Jazz 2