Worsley Mesnes Drive, Wigan, Lancashire WN3 5AN

01942 204091


Mr D Wilson

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus



Music teaching at St Jude’s aims to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum; providing a broad and balanced curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.  At St Jude’s we recognise that music plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community, and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies, concerts and key stage performances children are able to express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with awareness of others. Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music. 


The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.

Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

Listen to and evaluate the work of great composers.

Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.

Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.

Use a range of musical language.

Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.

Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned.

Use technology if appropriate.

Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.


Music teaching at St Jude’s delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum, and teachers plan lessons using the Charanga scheme of work. Teachers tailor the Charanga units to fit around key stage performances and wider music opportunities.  Music lessons are broken down into termly units and an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology. The BBC Ten Pieces work is also used with Upper Key Stage 2 when studying the Great Composers. This allows for progression of skills and adds breadth and variety to lessons.

Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:


Listen and Appraise

Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)

Singing and Voice

Playing instruments

Improvisation / Composition

Perform and Share

Our progression model also follows the same learning sequence to ensure all interrelated elements of music are covered and implemented.


Music teaching at St Jude’s is practical and engaging. A variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. Lessons typically involve a combination of the following; games, songs, challenges, listening to music and discussing music, playing a range of musical instruments, performing back, finding the pulse and composing music using notation sheets or technology in key stage 2.

At St Jude’s music teaching provides our pupils with an understanding and appreciation for music, by studying a wide range of musical styles and genres from a range of musical periods and composers. Each class also study a different composer throughout the year to help broaden their appreciation and understanding of musical history as well as whole music theme days which focus on different musical era’s ranging from the 50’s to now, where the children dress up and celebrate the music of that era through a range of activities.


Enrichment opportunities are provided throughout and beyond our music curriculum to all pupils.

  • Year 4 pupils participate in the ‘Wider Opportunities’ music programme which brings together the expertise of a music specialist from Wigan Music Services and the class teacher in a team teaching situation which enables a whole-class of children to experience the delights of learning to play a musical instrument for a period of one year.  Instruments include brass, orchestral strings, woodwind, recorder, world Percussion and guitar.  Children have the opportunity to perform live to an audience.
  • Our Reception pupils participate in the Chime music programme (Creating happy and imaginative musical environments).  CHIME is designed to provide a broad range of musical experiences for Reception children that combine singing listening and playing skills with opportunities to extend child-initiated music making through interactive and semi-structured play (continuous provision).
  • Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at St Jude’s and all pupils participate in a key stage performance. Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, singing assemblies and pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 perform at our annual carol concert at St Jude’s Church, while pupils from Pre-school to Year 2 perform in our annual Christmas Nativity. Pupils who are confident are also encouraged to perform in solo performances. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances whether at school or outside of school.
  • St Jude's also belong to a community of 18 schools who work closely together to provide children with a wide range of high quality academic, arts, music and sporting opportunities.  This WOWS learning community is highly committed to the three 'I's: Innovation, Inclusion and Improvement.  Working in collaboration with the other schools our teachers and pupils participate in the WOWS Music Festival concentrating not only on academic achievement, but also a love of the arts.
  • We also embrace performances from outside agencies and welcome Hawkley Hall Band and the Music Alive performance from Wigan Music Services to perform every year, promoting the joy of music and performance.  
  • Alongside our curriculum provision for music, pupils also have the opportunity to participate in additional 1:1 music teaching by being offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument or have 1:1 singing lessons with peripatetic teachers. Our peripatetic music teaching is organised by the Local Education Authority – Wigan Music Services.  
  • Pupils also have the opportunity to join the school choir.  The school choir is open to all children on a weekly basis.  Pupils in the school choir meet after school and focus on team work, singing in unison, developing harmony, solo performances and having fun! The school choir also have the opportunity to perform in school performances, carol concerts and singing assemblies.


Our music Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and like in other subjects, discreet teaching of vocabulary also forms part of the units of work.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor.
  • Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
  • Photo evidence and images of the pupils practical learning.
  • Video analysis through recording of performance in lessons.
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Dedicated music leader time.

In addition to this, we also measure the impact of the class composers and routinely ask children about their composer/style of music they are learning.


Music Progression Map

Music Glossary of terms

music photo gallery

Our Reception children enjoying their Chime lesson.


Year 4 enjoying their weekly drums lesson with Wigan Music Services!


St Jude's belong to a community of 18 schools who work closely together to provide children with a wide range of high quality academic , arts, music and sporting opportunities.  This WOWS learning community is highly committed to the three 'I's: Innovation, Inclusion and Improvement.  Working in collaboration with other schools we put on the WOWS Music Festival concentrating not only on academic achievement, but also a love of the arts. Our most recent concert took place in Robin Park Sports Centre, March 2019.  Have a look at this incredible performance the children and teachers put on.  Click here to go to our WOWS website and catch a glimpse of this performance. 

Worsley Mesnes Drive, Wigan, Lancashire WN3 5AN

01942 204091