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At Blessed John Duckett RC Primary School, it is our intention to provide a music curriculum:


  • That is an enjoyable learning experience for children and teachers.
  • That widens their repertoire which influences their creativity, originality and imaginative performance and composition.
  • That develops a passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities
  • Children participate in a range of musical experiences as an individual, in class groups and as a whole school.
  • As Musicians they understand that music can help us express our feelings and beliefs. It can be fun, inspiring and enhance our overall well-being. It can be used to help us celebrate and helps us through difficult times.
  • Children will be able to describe, interpret and explain work, ideas and practises of many different musicians and composers over a range of historical and social backgrounds, styles, traditions and genres. They will develop a musical vocabulary to do this effectively.
  • We teach children to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. They develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.
  • As Composers they develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements through song and instruments.
  • They have the opportunity to compose and improvise to create their own musical pieces.
  • It is important for us that children experience listening to a wide range of high quality music from different cultures and eras.
  • All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.
  • Every opportunity is provided to enhance children’s musical experiences both in and outside the classroom, by way of listening to live music, by working with artists-in-residence and performing arts groups, by taking part in community projects and exhibitions, trips to theatres and festival halls. We make the most of our rich musical heritage and explore local traditional and current music scenes.
  • Themed home learning tasks are designed to encourage and deepen children’s own knowledge and interests.

BJD Music Policy

BJD Music Long Term Plan

Storytelling through song

The Blaydon Races

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Mr Lennox came in this afternoon as part of Storytelling week to show us how stories can be told through song. We heard about the Trimdon Colliery Disaster and talked a lot about the history of mining in our area. We also heard the Blaydon Races and had a good go at singing it ourselves. 

Learning sea shanties with Mr Flynn

Long Term Planning Overview