St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith, Love and Learning


“Shout for joy to God our defender; sing praise to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1)


  • Foster a love and joy of music through listening and exploring high quality examples.
  • Provide high quality teaching of singing so children can create and be composers of music.
  • Provide opportunities to perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated.
  • Gain a firm understanding of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.
  • Children to develop a curiosity and appreciation of music, be involved in musical activities and be able to understand and use the technical language associated with the subject.


  • Music in Key Stage 2 is taught by a music specialist from Wigan Music Service and in Key Stage 1 it is delivered by Wigan Wider Opportunities. In the Early Years it is taught by the class teachers daily and through continuous provision.
  • Children are taught to describe key characteristics as well as understand and use technical terminology and specialist vocabulary.
  • Whilst gathering for whole school assemblies, children listen to a wide range of genres of music – introducing them to classical music and different composers and their work and enabling them to identify and appreciate different styles and genres.
  • Children undertake independent work, and can work in groups, perform as a class and discuss their work with their peers.
  • Our choir meets once a week during lunch to rehearse and has extremely committed members.
  • Opportunities for children to learn an instrument in school as an extra-curricular activity.


  • Assessment through pupil voice, observations, performances to parents and school family and ongoing formative self/peer/teacher assessment.
  • At the end of each academic school year children are assessed against age related expectations and this is recorded in a learning log. This is then reported to parents.
  • Children to have a love of music and good technical knowledge to support this.
  • Children achieving age related expectations in music at the end of their cohort year.
  • Upskilled teachers through good quality CPD as they take part in the lessons provided by Wigan Wide Opportunities. 
  • We have a significant number of children who are having private lessons to be taught how to play an instrument ranging from guitar, violin, recorder to drums! 
  • Our school choir is a big presence in our school community and perform whenever possible.