Welcome to Music at Woodlands 

'Where words fail, Music speaks!'

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At Woodlands, we believe that music is an intregal part of a child's education. We provide children with opportunities to express themselves musically, both through their voices and through individual and group compostions. 

The music curriculum will develop and enhance children's understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music, along with the exploration of music from all around the world.




Our music teaching at Woodlands is based on the Charanga Musical School scheme of work which is designed to support both specialist and non-specialist teachers. The scheme adopts an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach and is assessed through evidence gathering which enables teachers to evaluate pupil learning against National Curriculum guidelines. Charanga is a progressive scheme and takes on a mastery approach to learning where children develop new musical skills and concepts as well as revisiting prior learning and embedding previous knowledge. Children are encouraged to have the confidence to partake in all activities and enjoy a vast library of songs, resources and listening activities celebrating the world’s greatest music. Our music teaching also draws upon the latest guidance from the Model Music Curriculum (2021).


The Early Years Foundation Stage overview for expressive arts is underpinned by the belair early year music books. The strands in music have been mapped out to match the EYFS topics covered through the year and are aimed to show progression, for example, beginning with free play and exploration of different instruments and sounds, and ending with references to interrelated dimensions of music. This provides a clear link for accessing the Charanga program in Year 1.


We have many exciting extra-curricular musical opportunities for students at Woodlands.

Mrs Barrett and Mr Barnes run a junior choir club in the Autumn term, in preparation for our annual trip to the Young Voices concert in Manchester, where we sing with over 8000 other pupils from the North West.

A singing club, along with a ‘sing and sign’ club also provide a chance for our students to express themselves expressively. It is truly wonderful to see this children perform together at our Christmas events.


We also perform as a whole school at Astbury Lodge at Christmas and Easter time.

This year, we will be focussing on developing our links with Hope Farm Church, so watch this space for any singing chances that may be arising.


Children from Year 2 upwards, have the option to learn a musical instrument, with whole year group tuition taking place in Year 3, and a chance to develop this further with smaller group tuition following this.

If you have any questions about how your children can get involved with musical provision, please contact Mrs Barrett.




Listen with increased attention to sounds. 

Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.

Remember and sing entire songs.

Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).

Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.

Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.

Increasingly be able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.

Sing a large repertoire of songs.

Know many rhymes, be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story.

Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.

Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.

Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.

Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.

Learn rhymes, poems and songs.


Key Stage 1

Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

Play tuned and untuned instruments musically

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music 

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. 

Key Stage 2

Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.

Develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

Use and understand staff and other musical notations ? appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Develop an understanding of the history of music.



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