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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything" - Plato

music curriculum intent

Progression of Skills

music Curriculum overview


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Exploring Sound

Celebration Music

Music and Movement

Musical Stories


Big Band

Year 1

All About Me: Pulse and Rhythm

Under the Sea: Musical Vocabulary

Fairytales: Timbre and Rhythmic Patterns

Superheroes: Pitch and Tempo

Year 2

Animals: African Call and Response

Traditional Western Stories: Orchestral Instruments

Musical Me: Composition

Myths and Legends: Composition with Structure

On this Island: Songs and Sounds of the British Isles

Year 3


Chinese New Year: Pentatonic Melodies and Composition

India: Traditional Instruments and Improvisation

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 1 - South Africa (Gumboot) 

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 2 - Caribbean (Calypso)

Year 4

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 1 - South Africa (Gumboot)

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 2 - Caribbean (Calypso)

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 3 - South America (Salsa)

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 4 - Indonesia (Gamelan)

Instrumental Lessons: Unit 5 - India (Bollywood)

Year 5

1 Hour Lesson every week with a Musica Kirklees Music Specialist Tutor for all to learn to play an instrument (Ukulele) and associated music knowledge / skills.

Year 6

Pop Art: Theme and Variation

Songs of World War 2


Composing and Performing a Leaver’s Song


Pupil Voice

"I enjoy music lessons - it's fun! I like playing instruments with other people." - Luca (Y4)

"I like singing songs in music assembly. I like the warm ups - like zzzzzz!" - Eva (Y2)

"Last year we learned about the drums - I liked learning about Indian music. My music lessons make me feel happy. I like how different instruments make different noises." - Charlotte (Y4)

Please see our most recent pupil voice survey below:

Annual Pupil Voice Survey - April '23



Thursday 20th June – Kirklees Primary and First Schools Music Festival daytime workshop and evening performance - The choir spent the day at their second Festival of the season and impressed staff with their impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm for the music throughout. We were proud to be able to provide two soloists to the Festival and received a lot of positive feedback from staff at other schools while we were there. We'd like to express particular thanks to the friends and family who returned in the evening to support the children at the actual performance - choosing music over the England football game - that's true commitment!

Tuesday 11th June – Class 6 "Future Producer" Music Production Workshop from Jam Factory - Class 6 spent the day learning the skills they would need to produce their own music, using the "Garage Band" app. 

Tuesday 19th March – Musica Kirklees Jazz Ensemble recital - This morning we were lucky enough to have a special recital from Musica Kirklees Jazz Ensemble. We learned all about the drums, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola and piano - how they made different sounds and how to play them. We took part in performances to help us understand how dynamics and chords work within a song and enjoyed a special rendition of “I’m Still Standing” with lots of audience participation.
If your child would like to learn to play an instrument please let us know and we can put you in touch with the talented tutors at Musica Kirklees.

Thursday 22nd February – Mrs Sunderland Festival Morning Workshop and evening performance - The school choir visited Huddersfield Town Hall this morning to attend a workshop for the Mrs Sunderland Festival, the theme of which this year is "Sign and Sing". Some children were lucky enough to get a place at the evening performance, and all children impressed us with their ability to not only learn all the lyrics of the songs, together with the melodies, but managed to learn British Sign Language which they performed as they sang. Well done everyone!

Tuesday 6th February – Chinese New Year celebrations – Class 4 led a special assembly to tell the story of "The Great Race". The assembly included a performance by Class 3 of their self-composed pentatonic melodies inspired by Chinese Dragon Dances. Children in Reception and Nursery also experienced making music inspired by Chinese New Year as they performed a dragon dance and played the drums and cymbals to replicate performances they had seen on screen.

Friday 22nd December – Musica Kirklees Orchestra performance - The spirit of Christmas truly descended upon the whole school this morning with the much anticipated performance from the Musica Kirklees Orchestra. As always, there was much audience participation as the children learned about all the different families of instruments and the importance of the conductor, while being entertained with a variety of well-known tunes. Children were delighted as the event finished off with a staff singalong to festive favourite "Last Christmas"!

Tuesday 19th December – Class 6 Christmas Songwriting Workshop - Class 6 were lucky enough to work with professional musician, Henry Bateman today. They all took part in a workshop in which they composed and performed an original Christmas song. They will be performing the song again at their Christmas concert on Friday.

Thursday 14th December – Carol singing by the choir at Tesco - Members of the choir took time out of their evening to raise money for the coaches for two Festival performances this year by singing a selection of festive songs at Tesco in Cleckheaton. They managed to raise an amazing £153.26!

Saturday 9th December – Choir and Drama Club performance of “The Transformation of Mr Scrooge” at St Philip and St James Church - The second performance of the week was met with just as much enthusiasm as the first. Huge congratulations to all the children who took time out of their weekend to put on another fantastic performance for their friends, families and members of the church community!

Thursday 7th December – Choir and Drama Club performance of “The Transformation of Mr Scrooge” at school - After weeks of rehearsals, the Drama Club finally performed Mr Wallace-Jones's version of "A Christmas Carol", with an original score of accompanying songs sung by the choir. I think all who attended would agree that it was an absolute triumph and all the children on stage made us proud to be Scholes!

Wednesday 6th December – Choir visit to Hartshead Manor Nursing Home - This morning, the children in the choir brought a little Christmas joy to the residents of Hartshead Manor nursing home with a performance of Christmas Carols. It was wonderful to hear people of all generations singing along to some festive favourites!

Monday 4th December 2023 - KS1 Festive Singalong - Classes 1 and 2 visited Huddersfield Town Hall to take part in a 'Festive Singalong' - an event "full of festive cheer, singing and musical entertainment" led by professional musicians. The children joined together with other schools and sang some well-known festive songs, along with an audience made up of members of invited community groups from across Kirklees. This intergenerational project was one of the last events of the Kirklees Year Of Music 2023 learning programme and made a no doubt joyful finale. 

Tuesday 14th November 2023 - Bingley Handbells Group visit - Today we had a visit from the Bingley Handbells group. They performed in three separate workshops so that children in all year groups were able to experience their unique sound, and a lucky few even got a chance to have a go!

Tuesday 17th October 2023 - Choir visit to Hartshead Manor Nursing Home - The choir visited the residents of Hartshead Manor Nursing home and treated them to a performance of a selection of Harvest songs and songs that we sang at the Kirklees Primary Music Festival. Both the children and residents enjoyed the experience - so much so that we are hoping to return for some festive carol singing at Christmas!

Friday 10th October 2023 - Remembrance Event - The school choir harmonised beautifully in a performance of "A Gift for Peace" as part of our whole school Remembrance Event.

Tuesday 19th September 2023 - Brighouse Music Hub Assembly - This morning we were treated to a performance from the Brighouse Music Hub. We learned about the drums, the electric guitar and the keyboard - and we all joined in with keeping the beat! All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been invited to take up the offer of a free taster session to learn an instrument of their choice - what a fantastic opportunity!

Friday 14th July 2023 - Scholes Village Primary Music Assembly - This afternoon parents and carers were treated to a special 'music' assembly, where the children in Year 5 were able to showcase the ukulele skills they have developed over the year. during their lessons with Mr Swallow. They were also treated to a performance by the school choir who sang a selection of songs from the Kirklees Primary Music Festival. It was also an opportunity for some children who have been having instrumental and voice lessons with our partners from Musica Kirklees to demonstrate their accomplishments on the piano (thank you to Layla and Abigail from Class 4), and with a beautiful rendition of "Second Star to the Right" from Charlie in Class 4. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house!

Wednesday 28th June 2023 - Kirklees Primary Music Festival - The school choir attended a full day workshop at Huddersfield Town Hall in preparation for the Kirklees Primary Music Festival, which was a resounding success this evening! All children were impeccable representatives of the school as they joined other schools from around Kirklees to sing favourite songs from musicals, including "When I Grow Up" from Matilda and "Consider Yourself" from Oliver. We even had a few kazoo players!

Thursday 23rd February 2023- Mrs Sunderland Music Festival - This morning 25 members of our school choir took part in the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival Workshop at Huddersfield Town Hall. They were joined by many other schools from around Kirklees to rehearse songs that we have been practising in choir club since Christmas, accompanied by the Musica Kirklees Youth Orchestra. The children learned more about the inter-related dimensions of music and how they can be used to improve the quality of their singing and composing. Most of the children returned for the evening performance where they performed to a packed out audience in the magnificent environs of the Town Hall. It is the first time in the history of the Festival that tickets have sold out - and I think all who attended will agree that it was an amazing performance. All the children behaved impeccably and sang their hearts out!

Thursday 2nd February2023 - Class 4 and 5 Singing Workshops from Bradford Cathedral Music Department - This afternoon, all children in Class 4 and Class 5 took part in a singing workshop provided by Dr Ed Jones from Bradford Cathedral. They learned how to develop their singing technique and practised singing some new songs together as a group. They also all received a 'golden ticket', inviting them to attend Bradford Cathedral's 'Cathedral Sing!' event on the 25th February. 'Cathedral Sing!' is an open event hosted by Bradford Cathedral, where children and their parents from across Bradford and the surrounding area are invited to participate in singin workshops and find out more about singing with the Cathedral's choirs. It is open to all children from Year 2 to Year 5. If you would like to take your child along you can find out more by visiting the Bradford Cathedral website at www.bradfordcathedral.org.uk.  


Friday 16th December 2022 - Whole School Orchestra Experience from Musica Kirklees Staff Orchestra - The whole school was treated to a recital by the Musica Kirklees Staff Orchestra in the school hall. They performed several songs from a variety of genres, including a colourful interactive version of Papageno's Song from the Magic Flute by Mozart, and "You'll Be Back" from the West End muscial, "Hamilton". Children were introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and learned how they were played, how they sounded, and how they were grouped together. The performance was completed with a special rendition of "Merry Christmas Everyone" featuring the Scholes Village Primary School Staff!

Monday 12th December 2022 - School Choir Carol Singing at Tesco's, Cleckheaton - Representatives from the school choir sang carols for an hour in the foyer at Tesco's and managed to raise an amazing £135.94 towards paying for the coaches to take them to the Mrs Sunderland Festival in February.

Thursday 8th December 2022 - Christmas Celebration in Church - Years 1 to 6 performed songs from their Christmas Productions in St Philip and St James Church, while the choir sang two of their favourite carols - "Away in a Manger" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High". Reverend Sally got the whole church up and rocking to the Year 6 favourite - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"!

Wednesday 7th December 2022 - School Choir Carol Singing with the PTA round the log cabin - The school choir had been invited to lead some carol singing to accompany the PTA awareness event at the log cabin after school. While the PTA served up hot chocolate, the choir sang old favourites such as 'Deck the Halls' and 'Silent Night' to raise money to pay for coaches to take them to the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in February, 

Friday 11th November 2022 - Remembrance Event in the School Playground - The children learned "We Will Remember" to sing for parents and friends who were invited to join us for a Remembrance Day event in the school playground. Each class showed something they had created and performed a specially rehearsed poem. The drama club had prepared a short play and the school choir performed "A Wish for Peace".

Thursday 13th October 2022 - Harvest Celebration at Church - The children learned a variety of songs in their weekly singing assembly to sing at St Philip and St James Church. Family and friends were invited to join us and hear the children sing Harvest time classics such as 'Cauliflowers Fluffy' and 'Harvest Samba'!

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