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Music at Nash Mills

Led by Mrs Barrett

    We see music as a key area of our curriculum, having close links to our overall school intent through the opportunities to support pupils to develop effective communication skills through performance and reflection.  It also closely links with cultural capital, as pupils have regular opportunities to hear experienced and accomplished performers, developing their aspiration.  Finally, music links explicitly to our spirituality focus, giving pupils and staff time to listen and experience moments of calm or considering how they may be affected by some pieces of music.


    In their time at Nash Mills, all of our learners will have:

    • The chance to develop a love of music from immersion in rich, inspiring musical opportunities
    • Access to a carefully structured music curriculum leading to increased self-confidence, creativity, determination, collaboration and sense of achievement
    • Regular opportunities to sing and to learn to play an instrument and to develop composing and performance skills
    • The ability to listen to a wide range of musical forms with concentration and to respond and reflect upon them using musical/subject specific vocabulary
    • The opportunity to participate in excellent extra-curricular provision, leading to happy musical memories
    • The experience of being united in Christian worship through sharing music together.


    • Singing
    • Listening
    • Composing
    • Performing/Instrumental Performance


    Expected outcomes are taken from the National Curriculum and the skills to be taught are drawn from the Model Music Curriculum along with the Charanga resource.  We also have a good level of professional expertise across our staff team.



    Each class has a weekly music lesson alongside other shorter music opportunities which total a minimum of 1 hour across a week. Main weekly lessons are delivered by teachers, teaching assistants and professional musicians.  In addition, all students are given opportunities to watch live performances of music and to learn an individual musical instrument.



    • singing embedded into daily routines
    • instruments always available both inside and outside for free exploration
    • targeted teaching for listening skills and sounds integral to phonic teaching
    • Nursery rhymes, rhythm and rhyme intentionally taught
    • Movement through music
    • Seasonal performance opportunities


    • Regular singing for pleasure/routines across the week
    • Weekly music lesson using Charanga – to include listening, singing, composing and performing
    • Frequent access to tuned and un-tuned instruments
    • Seasonal performance opportunities


    • Singing and listening taught in short spells across the week
    • Weekly professional instruction in learning to play an instrument
    • Regular performance opportunities


    • Singing and listening taught in short spells across the week
    • Weekly music lessons based on Charanga resource
    • Regular performance opportunities


    Sequencing of Content

    The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.















    • A child can be moved to sit in a place that supports full access and engagement with musical opportunities
    • Activities are routinely adapted to make a task accessible eg a child only plays 1 note or chord whilst others play more. 
    • A child can be supported by an adult or by a confident peer.
    • Instruments are adapted with stickers / colours to make finding a note / chord easier eg small dots on ukuleles or marking glockenspiels with whiteboard pens
    • Visual support is given eg posters with vocabulary 
    • Music scores will be enlarged as needed for sight impaired children
    • Ear defenders will be used for those with sensitivity to noise
    • For some with specific needs, choices may be offered to join in with lesson or access an alternative musical activity online as appropriate

    How we add richness through discussion and cultural capital

    Our curriculum offers:

    • Opportunities to perform in larger choirs and in special places such as Wembley Arena, 02 and the Royal Albert Hall. 
    • We join in with our local community through singing events at a nearby Senior Living Residential Home and the local church and supermarket.
    • We take every opportunity to host live performances of music from the local community and beyond.



    How this subject supports our Christian vision

    • Staff and children at Nash Mills School experience being united in Christian worship through sharing music together.
    • We regularly join in acts of worship and singing events at church and St Albans Abbey.










    Progression in Music

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