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.


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



  • Kodaly based singing experience in EYFS based on fun, frequent, active sessions.
  • singing in assemblies
  • concerts and plays for parents
  • the Christmas Nativity play
  • trips to local care home Kirklands to perform songs
  • annual participation in the massed choir’s performance ‘Sing Up’ concert lead by Cockermouth School
  • carol singing at the local Sainsbury’s
  • live performances in school by visiting musicians
  • whole class instrumental lessons in brass/strings.
  • composition workshops
  • music Technology workshops
  • 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

Hey You

In the Groove

Zoo Time


Round & Round

Reflect Rewind & Replay 1

Reception, Year 1 & 2

Year B

My stories

I Wanna Play In A Band

Rhythm In The Way We Walk and the Banana Rap



Reflect Rewind & Replay 2

Reception, Year 1 & 2

Year C

Hands Feet Heart

Your imagination

Friendship Song


Our World

Reflect Rewind & Replay 3


3, 4, 5 & 6

Year A

Mamma Mia

Lean On Me




Reflect Rewind & Replay 4


3, 4, 5 & 6

Year B


Let Your Spirit Fly

Dancing in the Street

You’ve Got a Friend



Reflect Rewind & Replay 5


3, 4, 5 & 6

Year C

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Living on a Prayer

Make You Feel My Love


Music & Me

Reflect Rewind & Replay 6



This document outlines the Charanga Music Scheme for each class.

For full details of our music curriculum, please read the Charanga year group documents.