St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy



At St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, we recognise that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop their love of music and encourage individuals to participate in a range of musical lessons to support them in developing their talents.

We make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music from different eras. We focus on past and present composers alongside our music scheme CHARANGA.

As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Also, we teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.


Aims of 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 notations.


Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. 

Follow the links below to see our skills and knowledge progression throughout school and our whole school overview:


Year 1 Progression of skills and knowledge

Year 2 Progression of skills and knowledge

Year 3 Progression of skills and knowledge

Year 4 Progression of skills and knowledge

Year 5 Progression of skills and knowledge

Year 6 Progression of skills and knowledge


Whole School Overview