At Our Lady’s RC Primary school, the promotion of music and other creative subjects, music interpretation, and confidence through performance are instilled in our everyday life of the school.  Music is a way for pupils to express themselves through their creativity. At Our Lady’s, we strive for children to develop a critical engagement with music by introducing them to a broad range of musical styles and genres. We aim for pupils to develop a love of music and increase their talents as singers, instrumentalists and composers.

We acknowledge all of the talent that we have at our school, and this is celebrated and promoted throughout assemblies, Christmas plays, musical groups, choirs, and events in association with other local schools and theatrical companies.



  • Taught as part of a half-termly learning theme.
  • Objectives planned carefully to ensure progression of skills and knowledge across school. 
  • Music lessons delivered weekly by each teacher using the online teaching tool Charanga.
  • Regular performances for all year groups in Wednesday’s assemblies to provide opportunities to share their learning.
  • Building on children's prior learning.
  • Each key stage to experience live music either in school (Loretto college performances) or on an enrichment day (RNCM singaround, trips to the Bridgewater hall, Chetham school of music, EYFS music celebration etc.)
  • Key stage 1 children to be offered weekly Ukulele lessons, celebrated at the end of each term.
  • Key stage 2 children to be offered weekly Guitar lessons, celebrated at the end of each term.
  • Key stage 2 children offered Steel pan lessons, performance group and after school club to perform at the end of each term.
  • Children to study significant composers and pieces of music from a range of time periods, countries and cultures. 
  • Revisiting key content and vocabulary in other subject areas.
  • Opportunities for children to use their own instruments learnt in individual lessons in their class lessons so they can build on their skills.
  • Opportunities for pupils to engage in extra-curricular music activities: Key stage 2 choir, Latin choir, guitar and ukulele groups, steel pan groups.



The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Our Lady’s are equipped with musical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and to foster a love of a variety of styles of music. Children should leave us with a heightened sense of the opportunities that music can provide and the skills that they can apply to other areas of their learning. Furthermore, we aim to equip children with the skills and confidence that can come from performing and sharing their love of music with others. We want the children's enthusiasm for the subject to encourage them to seek further opportunities to develop their skills and understanding in the future. 



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Our Lady's RC Primary School

Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8AW

Head of School Anna Ward and Executive Head Catherine Gordon

0161 226

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