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"




‘As an overpowering art form, music can touch the soul.’

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.

Music is a deeply creative discipline, which is fully embedded throughout school life.  Our music curriculum encompasses the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Newbold Church School follows Sing Up Music which provides a foundation  to deliver a creative, varied, and engaging programme of high quality classroom music that sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding to be gained by all pupils at each stage of learning.
Sing Up Music takes an integrated approach to musical learning, and together the units represent a complete, and progressive library of resources that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music and suggested approaches of the Model Music Curriculum. 

The Units of work are based around four elements which are SING, LISTEN, COMPOSE and PLAY. Through each unit children will experience music making where listening, singing, playing, improvising, and composing are interwoven. The resources are fun and engaging for pupils, providing access to a broad and diverse range of repertoire, approaches, and musical traditions.

Click here to see an overview of the whole scheme 

(Knowledge organisers for each year group will be added soon so watch this space)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Music in EYFS 

For details about the Musical Progression and the learning expectations for this year see the EYFS music overview.

This half-termly (6-step) focus-based approach supports teachers in engaging all young children with music.

It includes a variety of adult-led and child-initiated activities delivered through planning and play, all the musical learning is focussed around nursery rhymes and action songs.

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. 


Page last updated October 2020

Year 4 performing 'Mama Mia' in the Autumn term of 2020