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We believe that Music plays an important role in our curriculum. One of the principal objectives of this subject is to help children acquire a more perceptive approach to the medium of sound, which has implications for children’s listening skills not only in music, but across the wider curriculum.

Our Music curriculum aims to ensure that all children have the opportunity to:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

At Ryhope Junior School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We use the ‘Charanga’ programme to deliver music lessons in an enjoyable, interesting and stimulating manner. We have recently developed a specific music room in school where children are taught the full music curriculum, can explore instruments and perform to their peers and visitors.  We encourage children to develop an informed interest in music in whichever ways appeal to them and are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music.


Our pupils are also encouraged to realise their musical potential to the best of their ability through singing, to allow them to view their voice as an instrument; as well as through improvisation and composition of their own music using a variety of instruments. Children are also given opportunities to sing and perform a variety of genres outside of curriculum lessons through our assemblies. We are committed to ensuring that our children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.