Download: Music – Curriculum Overview 2017-2018 (PDF)


Music in the Infant Department

The children in Key Stage 1 and early years are very fortunate to experience a range of musical opportunities and learning through their curriculum lessons and live performance. Using the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work from Liverpool music services children sing, play and learn key musical terminology in a weekly music lesson.

Year 1 and 2 enjoy animated and exciting lessons from Mrs. Bowyer from Resonate, providing a fantastic foundation for their musical understanding as well as developing their rhythm and timing. In reception the children experience a range of musical activities as part of their topic work.

Extra-curricular activities such as choir are also available to children, whose singing is enjoyed in school, church and in the community at retirement homes and through charity work. More information on the music curriculum can be found at:


Music in KS2

In St. Oswald’s, Music is a large part of school life. Our Resonate Music teacher, Mrs Hardwick, uses Charanga software informed by the National Curriculum to deliver active Music sessions throughout Key Stage 2. These Music sessions aim to teach children basic rhythm and vocal skills and instil a confidence in them to perform and compose to their peers. Each session works to consolidate previous learning and work towards a final piece at the end of each topic.

Our Wider Opportunities programme allows Y3 to all learn the Ukulele. These weekly sessions help them to learn new skills and practise their instrument, with a view to inspiring an interest in instrumental lessons which they may choose to carry on. These sessions follow the same National Curriculum guidelines which allow children to explore, learn a skill, perform and compose. We also offer an opportunity to join ‘My School Band’ to help encourage children to play an instrument for fun.

As a Catholic school, Music is fed throughout our school life during Prayer Assembly and our visits to Church. Mrs. Hardwick leads regular hymn practise after prayer assembly, the school choir lead our hymn singing in church and all children understand how Music is an important part of strengthening and professing our faith.