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What makes a good Music pupil at Holy Cross?

A passion for singing/performing and a willingness to try new things and musical techniques without the fear of making a mistake. An ability to discuss their ideas and be experimental with music making and recording.


Music at Holy Cross


A high quality music curriculum provides and encourages the opportunity for all children to have the skills required to be a musician in order to involve themselves in music.

It provides opportunity for children to discover an interest and talent in music, build confidence and nurture well-being and inspire a love and curiosity of music in all children that spans a range of genres, forms, traditions and cultures specifically including those that make up our school context.

It  allows children to critically engage with music, providing opportunities to compose, improvise and listen with discrimination to a range of musical forms and genres and understand that music is steeped in history and tradition, has evolved over time and is central to many people’s lives in a wider community.

In addition, it also widens children’s vocabulary both in terms of technical language but also descriptive language through their emotional responses to music.

Early Years Foundation Stage

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). 

Music contributes to a child's personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child's mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child's knowledge and understanding of the world.



High quality teaching that is appropriately pitched to individuals.

Music is valued and included in daily practise such as worship times and daily classroom practise.

Children given opportunity develop a range of musical skills: compose, improvise, perform, listen, analyse and evaluate.

Enrichment opportunities such as festivals, choir and performances in and out of school.

Instrumental lessons in Year 3 as part of wider opportunities, and meeting the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Building cultural capital of all individuals through live performances and extra-curricular opportunities.

Follow a clearly sequenced and progressive program of study based on the National Curriculum objectives through the use of Charanga and St Helens Music Service.

All children use instruments (percussion/wind) as part of music lessons regularly alongside notation skills.

A music development plan is place in line with the National Plan for music.


Children discover new interests and talents.

Children confidently apply their musical knowledge to other areas of learning.

Pupils have widen vocabulary and use descriptive language in response to music.

Children have an understanding of culture and history in relation to music as well as how music for different ethnicities differs.

Prepared for the next stage of their musical learning.

Children enjoy music lessons and are confident to perform in front of others.

Demonstrate a love or appreciation of music and talk confidently about a range of musical genres and composers.

Children talk confidently about their learning in music using appropriate and technical vocabulary.


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