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Music at Spurcroft

Our vision for Music

At Spurcroft school, we aim to equip our children with skills for 21st century,  both vocational and avocational. Music is one of the subjects that can stay with a child for their whole life. Through composing and performing  confident learners are developed  and encouraged, through listening to a  range of music, to share their own view points and opinions. It promotes team work and responsibility towards each other.  High expectations in music ensure that all children are taught the skills of reading music and given the opportunities to use musical instruments creatively composing responses of their own from year 1.  

Music is taught as part of PPA provision from year 1 to 4 and by class teachers in years 5 and 6. It is taught through four discrete areas:

  • theory - learning about how to read and write music and technical terms
  •  appreciation- listening to a variety of musical genres over the years and talking or writing about its features, its structure and personal opinions.
  • Singing - from singing in unison to singing in parts and rounds and singing in harmony. 
  • Composition and practical - once we have learned how to play some notes on an instrument, we can then teach simple composition. 

We have a range of musical instruments that we use. In KS1, we concentrate on percussion instruments which include glockenspiels, moving into LKS2 we add recorders to the taught instruments and in UKS2 simple keyboard skills are taught. 

Teaching pulse and rhythm skills

Teaching pulse and rhythm

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The skill of recognising a pulse or beat is vital in more advanced music skills such as composition. Here we are practising keeping the pulse and overlaying the rhythm.


Choir is open to any child between year 1 and 6.  We rehearse in Toad Hall on Monday afternoons after school until 4.30.  Children in KS2 are invited to take part in St Nicolas' Save the Children Carol Concert, the Junior Music Festival in March and Young Voices which takes place at the O2 Arena usually in January.  In addition all children perform in the Winter Concert and the much larger Summer concert. You will also see Choir performing at school events such as the Easter Service and the KS2 Carol Service. 

Learning a musical instrument