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Music at Cholsey



‘Music is the universal language of mankind’ (Henry Longfellow)


At Cholsey Primary School, the music curriculum intends to inspire creativity and self-expression. It encourages the children to enjoy their own musical journeys as well as giving them the opportunity to connect with others. We believe that music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. Through these musical experiences, we hope to foster a lifelong love of music and an understanding of the diversity of the form.


The aims of our music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music in its many forms
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments
  • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects
  • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others
  • Use a range of musical language
  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience



Class music teaching at Cholsey Primary School is delivered using the Charanga Scheme of work in years one to six which ensures National Curriculum coverage. The scheme is organised into six half-termly units which are followed by class teachers. Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • musical warmup (including pulse and rhythm)
  • listen and appraise
  • singing and voice
  • playing instruments
  • improvisation/composition
  • performing and sharing

During their time in EYFS, music is an integral part of the children’s learning journey. Children experience a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop the skills for performing together. Music making opportunities are available as part of the continuous provision and are also used to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings.

Whilst in year two, all children receive recorder lessons as a whole class from a specialist teacher. These lessons allow children to learn to play an instrument as part of an ensemble and to engender a love of music learning. In addition to our curriculum provision for music, pupils in years 3 to 6 also have the option to participate in additional 1:1 music teaching in a variety of instruments. We currently offer woodwind, brass and piano lessons.

 Children also participate in a range of performances during their school career. These include nativities in key stage 1 , harvest festivals, carol concerts and end of year productions in key stage 2. These performances allow children to sing both individually and as part of an ensemble. At Cholsey, we also organise visits and workshops from professional musicians such as the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. These visits allow the children to experience high quality playing and broaden their exposure to live music.

Click here to see the music curriculum across the school.


Whilst in school, children have opportunities to explore and progress on their own musical journey. This allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Our children will understand the value of music in the world and will be able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, either as listener, creator or performer. The study of music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. We measure the impact of our music curriculum by pupil interviews, evidence of the pupils’ practical learning and assessment of progress.


Whole School Music Activities

*Each week, all the children attend a ‘singing assembly’. This includes songs, often of a seasonal nature, aspects of music history, an introduction to orchestral instruments and an opportunity to listen to live music performed by children and adults within the school and by visiting musicians.

Throughout the year, musical events are organised. This could include ‘curriculum days’, in which all the children engage in musical activities for a day, workshops and performances from visiting musicians, and trips to concerts and events.

Every year, the children have the opportunity to visit the church to take part in services in which music plays a major role. FS and KS1 children take part in Harvest Festival and the KS2 children are invited to take part in a Christmas carol service and the Christingle service.

* Note this has not been possible during COVID


Extra-curricular Music

The children have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments. We currently offer:


Recorder: group lessons are available for children in Years 2-6. Children initially start on descant. Once they have mastered the basics, they can move on to duet playing and finally to progressing to larger recorders and ensemble playing.

For more information, contact Judith Atkins. judith.musicteacher@gmail.com

Clarinet and Saxophone

Weekly lessons are available individually or in small groups to children in Years 4-6. Most learners have had some experience of reading music and playing recorder or other instruments and often progress rapidly. Learners have the opportunity to take ABRSM graded exams.

For more information, contact Judith Atkins. judith.musicteacher@gmail.com

Beginners Brass

Individual lessons are available on a weekly basis. The school has a link with Cholsey Silver Band and some instruments are available for learners. Lessons are offered on all brass band instruments (cornet, tenor horn, baritone, trombone, euphonium and tuba)  could be offered. Learners have the opportunity to take ABRSM graded exams.

For more information, contact Judith Atkins. judith.musicteacher@gmail.com


at Individual lessons are available on a weekly basis on drum kit (we have an acoustic and an electric kit) and some orchestral percussion.

For more information contact Wilbrod Kato Ooko Oxford Drum school  – oxforddrumschool@gmail.com


Individual lessons are offered to children in Years 2-6 by Yvette Higgs.

For more information, contact Yvette Higgs. liam.higgs@yahoo.co.uk


Small group and individual lessons are offered to children in Years 3-6 For more information, contact Lindsay Higgs. liam.higgs@yahoo.co.uk 

Fife and Flute

Small group and individual lessons are offered to children in Years 3-6 by Ian Fawcett from the Oxfordshire County Music Service.

For more information, contact the county music service



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