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 the Charanga Musical School scheme of work.

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead the interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.

The scheme is structured as follows:

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities

- a. Warm-up Games

- b. Optional Flexible Games

- c. Singing

- d. Playing instruments

- e. Improvisation

- f. Composition

  1. Performing

The scheme overview in more detail can be found here.

Development of knowledge and skills

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6 

Knowledge Organisers:

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