Barwick Road, Cross Gates, Leeds, LS15 8RQ

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St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

Walking in Theresa's Little Way

June 16th  2022

Y5 Choir went to Trinity University yesterday evening and were part of the magnificent Schools Partnership Concert. They sang beautifully and received certificates from the Dean of the university. Afterwards they enjoyed refreshments and socialising with children and staff from the other schools. Mrs.Ruane and Mrs. McNutt were very proud of all the children, and the parents watching said it was a delightful musical evening.  


Welcome to our Music page!  Music is very important in our school and we have a great tradition of putting on brilliant shows and the singing is always fabulous!  But music is about much more than singing.  Mrs Moore has just taken over as music leader and she is working on the progression documents, Music is also taught as part of the PPA programme by Mrs Crowley. Here is the intent statement for music:

Intent Statement

At Saint Theresa’s Catholic Primary school we aim to empower our children to love music and make it an exciting and wonderful learning experience. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.  We use singing as a platform to praise in assemblies, collective worships and masses. We focus on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.

Through our scheme (Active music digital) and class focus topics, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. We are very lucky to have highly skilled specialist music teachers (Mrs Crowley and Mr Hutchinson) who deliver bespoke lessons routed in the main areas: rhythm and pulse, pitch, singing and instrumental activities.

In Early Years and KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and untuned percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.

Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods,
  • genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key stage 2

  • Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
  • They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical
  • instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
  • dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn
  • from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.