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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success



We are committed to give all of our children a ‘flying start to success’ in music throughout their time at Throston Primary School through teaching and giving the children memorable experiences to gain an appreciation and understanding of what music is through various skill sets of listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.


We will give our children the opportunity to listen to music where they are able to share and express their opinions and ideas about a wide variety of styles of music across a range of historical time periods and genres.


We will provide opportunities for all children regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language to access music and to fully participate in lessons to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to review and evaluate the quality of their music.


Throughout each child’s time at Throston we aim that children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community. Giving them the opportunities to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in a variety of different musical contexts, through their own style/genre, taking part in performances, collective worship or to develop their love for music outside of school.


Music at Throston Primary School is all about engaging and inspiring children to enjoy listening to and exploring music. To collaboratively make music, research composing across a wide variety of historical periods whether it be style, tradition or genre and to develop a life-long love of music that will enhance their musical knowledge, skills and creativity, as well as their mental health and well-being. All children at Throston have access to music and are all actively encouraged to participate fully in lessons as we aim to provide children with as many opportunities to progress and excel within their creativity.



The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils perform, listen to, play, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians. All children are encouraged to learn to sing and to use their own voices, this is embedded within weekly assemblies of collective worship and through various termly performances to showcase skills. Through using musical agencies such as Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) all children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. In the classroom our children learn to play recorder, ukulele, and tuned and untuned percussion instruments throughout their school life. This enables children to play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression as well as how to read basic music notation leading on to experiment, improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using inter-related dimensions of music.



The National Curriculum for Music states that by the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. This is certainly the case at Throston Primary School. All children build on their musical skills and understanding year on year, from singing nursery rhymes and action songs in Early Years, to moving on to develop their skills and understanding in KS1 where they also experience whole class instrumental tuition with TVMS on tuned and untuned percussion. In KS2 children progress further in their skills and knowledge of Music by confidently accessing music through the ability to read and follow a simple musical or graphical score whilst learning to broaden their skills to play other instruments such as recorder and ukulele to help develop and nurture a lifelong love of music.

Brush up on your musical terminology and knowledge through these websites to help become a composer of your own music and style.


Get creative with classical music on BBC Ten pieces website.

During our curriculum enrichment time music lessons are provided by specialist music teachers from Tees Valley Music Service. if you have any queries regarding these lessons please visit the TVMS website.Peripatetic lessons: Each year we welcome our specialist staff from TVMS to showcase their talents to encourage our KS2 children to build and further develop their creativity by giving an opportunity to learn a different instrument from that in class. Children are given the opportunity to learn violin, keyboard and brass instruments in small groups out of learning time. These lessons are also provided by specialist teachers from TVMS. At present we have Brass lessons taught every Monday morning with Mr Robert Preston.

Year 4

I enjoy it because I like to learn about all the different instruments and songs (Cullen)

I like music because I think it’s fun and entertaining. (Harry)

I think it is fun because we get to play the instruments. (Dillon)

I love it, it is one of my favourite lessons (Ivy)

I think music is fun and enjoyable because we learn a lot and it’s very fun. (Isla)

I think music is good because I get to learn the subject and play something new. (Lucas)

I think music is fun because it teaches you a new instrument. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it an 8 because I enjoy it. (Jasmine)