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At Bleak Hill, we wish for all children to gain a great appreciation for a range of musical genres from different points in time and different places in the world.


Children will be able to explore the use of musical instruments and will gain an appreciation of how different instruments can change music. 

Bleak Hill Primary School understands that music can inspire and motivate children and play an important role in their personal development. Music can also help children develop a greater appreciation of the world we live in, by understanding different cultures and societies through music.

Bleak Hill Primary School delivers a broad and balanced music curriculum using ‘Charanga’ and music specialists, in line with national requirements, :

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 use their voices.

Create and compose music on their own and alongside their peers.

Have the opportunities to learn a musical instrument, use technology properly and 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.

Children are formatively assessed within the lesson to inform the planning, delivery and organisation of the next lesson, in terms of further opportunities to practise a new skill or to challenge competent learners.


Final assessment judgements are made by the teacher/music specialist based on the child’s singing/performing, listening & appraising.

Progression of skills using the Charanga Scheme of Learning: 




Choir Club & Young Voices Concert 2023! 


In Term 1A and 1B, our choir club will run - led by Mrs Burrows, our music specialist. 

We will be practising the songs for the concert, which we will attend in January. Manchester AO Arena has the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom and hosts one of the largest YV choirs (8,000 children!). 

Watch this video to see what to expect and what Young Voices is all about! 

Please follow the link below which takes you straight to the official Young Voices website and provides a wealth of information about the concert: 


St Helens Music Service!

In Year 5, all children have been assigned a brass musical instrument. We are visited by Mr McDonald each week who delivers fantastic lessons teaching children about different instruments and how to read music. Have a look at the video below to hear last year's, Year 5 class learning 'I Feel Good!'

At Bleak Hill Primary School, we would like to give every child an opportunity to learn an instrument. Initially, our pupils will experience the mechanics of how instruments create sound, explore simple class instruments, such as simple hand or tuned percussion and then explore further instruments, through Whole-Class Ensemble Tuition. Have a look at the range of instruments Mrs Burrows will be exploring with the children.

Year Group


Musical Instrument


All Year

Simple handheld percussion


Summer A



Spring B



Autumn A



Autumn B



All Year (Wider Opps)



Spring A





·        Glockenspiels throughout the year in KS2



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