Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

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Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"




 Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.

This experience cannot be left to chance, it is the duty of the school to provide it.'

(Zoltan Kodaly)

Music is an essential part of life and integral to the development of the whole person.  At Newbold Church School, whilst Christianity is the heartbeat of the school so music is its pulse. Music is used across the curriculum, and unites our school together, through worship and performance. Its inclusivity builds in children an appreciation, a sense of unity and a cultural appreciation that reaches across ages, abilities and background.


At NCS we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together and can help children excel in other areas of their learning. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing and moving to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school. 


Music is taught as a discrete subject at NCS using the objectives from the New Model Music Curriculum as the basis for planning. Planning is progressive and begins with putting in the building blocks of pulse, rhythm and pitch. “If children can sing well, step the beat accurately, clap rhythms, apply dynamic and tempo judgments to their songs and show where sounds are higher and where lower, and if, in addition, they have a repertoire of some thirty songs, then the symbolic learning - the musical reading and writing - will progress rapidly in the following years from this solid foundation”  - Lois Choksy. These basic skills and techniques are built upon and then applied and practised in a range of contexts, with increasing demand and complexity. Music is a thread that runs through other areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. 


The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical
ability, now and in the future.

Assessment and recording: The children's work in music is assessed by the teacher who will make informal judgements as they observe them during lessons and also by scrutinising recordings  of of lessons throughout the year. Assessments will be made in line with the New Model Music Curriculum objectives.


A wide range of resources is used in delivering the music curriculum at NCS. These include resources from Sing Up, Active Music, Singing Sherlock, Jolly Music,  the British Kodaly Academy and we have strong links with the Derbyshire Music Hub.

Music Progression Map showing the progression of skills and knowledge in music from Nursery up to Year 6

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Knowledge Organisers for each year group

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Learning to play an instrument

Every child in Derby and Derbyshire has the opportunity to learn to sing or play an instrument, supported by a range of financial subsidies and instrument loans. Find out how your child can learn to sing or to play a musical instrument, with a range of financial bursaries and instrumental loans available to support tuition by visiting the Derbyshire Music Hub website.

Currently at NCS there are children who are learning to play guitar or drums. If your child is in years 4 – 6 and is interested in learning to play an instrument (guitar, drums or any other) please contact Mrs Slater. 


Supporting Children with SEND to access all elements of the Music sessions

All Music sessions are planned to ensure that all children are able to access all elements. Specific adaptations are used to ensure all children can operate any instrument / equipment they need. For example, we use a variety of different sized beaters or untuned percussion to enable children to access music skills, and different forms of information, such as film and description, when children are researching famous musicians. 

As with all other areas of the curriculum, we use SEND codes to show how we will adapt our teaching to ensure all children are fully supported. This may include reducing any writing aspect of the sessions to enable all children  to fully participate.

Where children need 1-1 support with a TA to be able to fully engage in the Music sessions, this will be provided. 

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children with SEND are able to fully access all aspects of the Music curriculum. 


Pupil Premium Children

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children in the receipt of Pupil Premium are able to fully access all aspects of the Music curriculum. 

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize KS2 Music

BBC Bitesize KS1 Music

BBC Ten Pieces


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Updated March 2024